in the Greco-Roman period, a person who financially supports a group (or individual) and advocates for them, usually providing the economic resources for group activities such as shared meals, and often providing meeting space in the patron's villa; as financial backer, the patron has a direct interest in the group's public activities, if any, and has the leverage to shape group organization and policies
An individual who participates in the Food Services program on a regular or semi-regular basis (enough to justify maintaining an account) but who is not included in school enrollment. A Patron may an adult, a child or a student. Student Patrons may be Free, Reduced or Regular. Examples of Patrons might be children enrolled in a pre-school program such as Headstart, or spouses of employees. Patron meal service is reported separately from the school's meal service, patron totals are by category, and patron service is included in school totals.