I am excited to share with you a new project that the Patachou Foundation fundraising committee has been working on the last few months: a dinner series called The Kids Table.
The Foundation’s goal in 2018 is to serve 30,000 nutritious, after-school meals to kids in Indianapolis. Through donations and the dinner series, we hope to raise enough for 1,000 of those meals before March.
Last night was the official launch for The Kids Table and we already have some awesome party throwing people interested in participating. The concept is simple: host a dinner party and use the occasion to share the mission of the Patachou Foundation. There are no rules – you can do a potluck, you can make the entire meal, you can host it at your house or anywhere you’d like.
We all have fond memories of a favorite childhood meal or a smell that takes us right back to sitting at the family dinner table. Unfortunately, not every child has the same experience. We often take a home cooked meal for granted, which is why a dinner party is an ideal way to educate friends about the food insecurity that exists in our community.
Any amount of monetary support helps and the Foundation is always looking for volunteers to help feed kids at their partner schools. There’s no required fundraising amount for each dinner; however, it helps to set a reasonable fundraising goal to aim for.
Here are a few stats for perspective:
- $10 a month covers the cost of a school-weeks’ worth of meals for one student.
- $50 covers the cost of meals for an entire club for one month.
- $100 a month pays for the cost of meals for a school once a month.
If you’re interested in hosting a dinner, visit http://thepatachoufoundation.org/the-kids-table for more information and for a Host’s Kit. This handy kit includes everything you need to throw a Kids Table dinner party: a timeline to help you prep, name cards with an icebreaker, placemats, invitations to mail, thank you’s, and even a Spotify playlist to set the mood.
Here are a few photos from a Kids Table dinner that I recently co-hosted with a few committee members and friends. I hope you feel inspired! If you’re not up for hosting, you can donate anytime via the Foundation’s website. Even $5 helps make a difference in kids’ lives.
My friend Ryu was kind enough to share his shabu-shabu skills. I’ll save you a Google and explain shabu-shabu: “a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot and served with dipping sauces. The food is cooked piece by piece by the diner at the table.”
I made Ina Garten’s jam thumbprint cookies for dessert and it was the perfect night with friends for a good cause. The lettering on the placemats and collateral are from the one and only Kim Shrack of Manayunk Calligraphy.