Whether she was serving people at her restaurant or delivering sandwiches out of a car to Sandy victims, Patricia “Pat” Donaghue has always been feeding people.
She was originally on track to become a lawyer at Seton Hall University until the sudden divorce of her parents forced her to withdraw to assist her unemployed mother. Pat then joined forces with her mother and continued working two jobs while pursuing her education part-time. Pat’s personal experiences with those financial challenges makes her uniquely qualified to provide for client needs because she’s lived it herself. She’s made those phone calls to negotiate bills. As a new mother with an ill infant, she rolled quarters just to afford her child’s baby food during a dispute between two insurance companies. When Pat’s life balanced out, she knew she wanted to help people who had experienced similar unexpected life challenges.
Pat finished her education at Saint Peter’s University and graduated with a paralegal degree. She hopes to redefine the perception of food insecurity in America by highlighting the stories of our clients in order to adequately depict the diversity of their struggles. Pat says, “Anyone can end up coming through the door of a food pantry” and wants to educate others about the difference between poverty and food insecurity.
Pat reaps the managerial benefits of having owned a restaurant for several years, the customer service benefits of having worked in sales and the organizational benefits from having been the head of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association. Her assorted job history coupled with her personal experiences and family history of serving the less fortunate makes Patricia Donaghue an unstoppable force rooted in Ocean County