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Community Spotlight: The Patachou Foundation

If you're an Indianapolis resident, there's a high likelihood that you've been to one of Martha Hoover's delectable restaurants. From Café Patachou to Petit Chou in Broad Ripple, to Napolese, there's a location and a menu for everyone.

What you may not know is that these eateries are also part of The Patachou Foundation, an organization whose goal is to feed nutritious after school meals to at-risk and food-insecure children in our community.

They accomplish this mission by using their food truck to take healthy after-school snacks to children impacted by homelessness and hunger. While feeding them, they hope to increase their awareness, connection and excitement about the whole food they are eating.

Funding for The Patachou Foundation comes via profits produced by Public Greens, an upcoming new restaurant set to open in Broad Ripple. The goal is to add more food trucks to the mix and to establish more Public Greens locations to contribute.

Other sources of funding are The Full Bellied Pig, a new sandwich at the Cafes Patachou, which is peanut butter, strawberry jelly, bacon and fresh sliced jalapeños on wheat toast. It sells for $7.95 and all proceeds benefit the Foundation. Additionally, Father Greg of Homeboy Industries will visit in February, speaking to raise money for The Patachou Foundation.

Christina Pippen, Patachou Brand Manager says, "we share a passion for starting small and making a difference quickly; his model of gang rehabilitation and his book Tattoos on the Heart have been very impactful to Martha and those of us working on the Foundation."

Tickets will sell for $50 and be available for purchase in about a week at www.thepatachoufoundation.org .

To find out how you can help The Patachou Foundation, click here.

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