Lea Aschkenase – Founder
I founded Food4TI in honor of my 93 year old mother Thea, whose memory of hunger in Auschwitz concentration camp led her to a lifelong quest to help alleviate hunger. Food for Thought Initiative is my commitment to helping students gain adequate nutrition, so that they can focus on school, not hunger.
Joel Wish – Director of Sandburg Elementary Food Pantry
I am honored to be involved with Food4TI– helping others in our community, providing opportunities for families who face challenges, working with others who share similar values.
Mary Lou Taylor – Director of Thea’s Table Weekend Program
An educator once told that if a child cannot read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, he or she is statistically much more likely to drop out of high school and be unemployed, drug addicted, or imprisoned. Children need to learn, but no one can learn when they are hungry and malnourished. Coordinating Thea’s Table has given me the opportunity to intervene in a child’s life when it may matter most. I am so glad to have the opportunity to help families when they are in the crisis of homelessness, and to work with an amazing team of volunteers.
Carol Tyler – Co-Manager of Thea’s Table Weekend Program
My daughter raised my awareness of childhood hunger when she began working for the Texas Hunger Initiative in Austin, TX, an effort to ensure that hungry children are connected to the food resources available to them. I wanted to do something here to help with this heartbreaking problem, and when my friend and neighbor, Mary Lou Taylor, told me about Thea’s Table, I knew immediately I wanted to be part of it. Meeting Thea was so inspiring!. This is a labor of love.
Jim Green – Director of East High Food Pantry
As a Co-Coordinator of Food for Thought Initiative I am able to fulfill my personal mission of helping to provide food to those in need.
As a registered dietitian, I am very aware of the important role that food and nutrition play in health and quality of life for all people. The need for regular meals and snacks is especially critical for young people in learning environments, helping them make the most of these opportunities. I believe that the significant work of Food for Thought is meeting a need in Madison previously unaddressed. I am glad to lend my nutrition expertise and support to strengthen these efforts.