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Matthew Feltrop

It takes a lot to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout when you’re 17. But it takes a lot to also become fluent in Spanish, graduate with high honors, teach in a middle school and volunteer in your spare time. I’m talking about our Matthew Feltrop. We were giddy when he joined the Patachou staff and began both server and management training. Immediately,we knew we had hired someone who truly understood the importance of purpose and service to others. Naturally,Matthew gravitated toward The Patachou Foundation: first, as a volunteer, then as an advocate,cook,organizer, role model and teacher. A caring person, he seems to only have the ability to create positive energy in his wake. “When I serve others, I realize that I am connected to other people and that everything I do makes an impact, even if it changes just one person at a time. There is nothing more natural or fulfilling that I could dedicate myself to”. Congratulations to Matthew Feltrop on his hire as the first Executive Director of The Patachou Foundation starting this May. Says Matthew “I remember one time as a volunteer; I was talking with our kids about a food that they would like to try. It was stunning to see sparks go off in their minds even with the basic knowledge of food that an elementary student has. They quickly moved from macaroni and cheese to toast with nice cheeses and pears topped with honey…That experience cemented the idea in my mind that food has an equalizing power: Everyone can find pleasure in food. It is truly exciting to harness that reality and use it to inspire youth in our community to make healthy decisions for their lives.” #PatachouPeopleProject