As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, The Patachou Foundation is committed to ensuring no child in our city goes to bed hungry.
We’ve always recognized that poverty is a precarious balancing act. Many families in our city have just experienced an emergency that pushed them over the brink. Families in Indianapolis now face layoffs, school closures and limited childcare, and disrupted availability of food due to raided grocery store shelves. In a city that already falls short on access to fresh foods, hunger relief work is more essential than ever.
Mandated school closings in mid-March put The Patachou Foundation in crisis-response mode at the ground level. We temporarily shifted our staff and resources in the first week of school closures to produce four times our typical service footprint to fill the gap for children and families who rely on in-school and after-school meals.
The Patachou Foundation will continue this surge-capacity work to feed Indianapolis children and families by creating up to 4,000 scratch-made, packaged meals each week to be distributed by our community center partners directly to families via home delivery or pick up.
During our six years of hunger-relief work, The Patachou Foundation has forged strong relationships with these neighborhood-based partners and the children they serve during the school year and intersession breaks: MLK Community Center, Edna Martin Christian Center, East Tenth United Methodist Youth Services, and John Boner Neighborhood Centers.