EIN 45-4088193


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FoodChain aims to educate and demonstrate a new food system. Its neighbors often rely on dollar stores and convenience marts for weekly shopping due to limited funds and transportation, which leads to a lack of nutritious whole ingredients.
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Many of Foodchain's neighbors rely on dollar stores and convenience marts for their weekly shopping, with limited funds and transportation available to get to higher quality stores with a greater abundance of nutritious whole ingredients. Furthermore, with the reliance on snap dollars and other federal food benefit programs, the community has become increasingly dependent on highly-processed, shelf-stable "junk" food for their daily meals, resulting in generational diet-related illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and more. While this hunger-obesity paradox is in part a result of limited food access, it has been exacerbated by a decline in food literacy, where families no longer have the knowledge, equipment, and familiarity to prepare meals from fresh ingredients. Foodchain aims to address this deficiency by offering educational programs to teach cooking skills, exposing families to a wider array of cuisines and flavor profiles, inspiring more adventurous eating and kitchen confidence. With this mindset, we launched nourish lexington at the start of the pandemic to provide scratch-made nutritious meals for free to food insecure individuals in our community, along with educational materials, all while investing resources into our local food economy through the prioritization of locally farmed ingredients, made by and distributed by area professionals aand businesses. Overtime, this food access and fluency program will cultivate more self-sufficient households, as food independence leads to greater welfare and economic sustainability of a community.
While one answer to the limited access of our fresh food is to increase its availability through retail, Foodchain believes it is even more empowering to start at food production. Therefore, we operate our indoor, state-of-the-art aquaponics system, growing fish and greens year-round in a recirculating system that reduces waste and conserves resources, while also generating thousands of pounds of food that can be used for revenue generation and nutritional access. By running our farm as a demonstration facility, hosting tours and workshops for thousands, we work to get individuals more involved in growing wholesome food, understanding where food comes from, and how these techniques could be replicated elsewhere to increase agriculturl productivity while subsequently making fresh food available all year-round for all.
In many urban communities like our own, there are both high rates of unemployment and unfilled jobs in the local food economy. Therefore, Foodchain aims to bridge these gaps by informing residents about job prospects, training them with the necessary knowledge for working in kitchens and food facilities, and even encouraging them to embark on enterprises of their own, by growing or founding food businesses to fill the voids in the marketplace. To do this most effectively, we've solidified dozens of partnerships with other entities, ranging from social service providers who help refer clients to our services and identify needs, all the way to celebrated chefs and elected officials who understand the need for more confident, prepared, and enabled workforce. Because of these rich partnerships, we were well-prepared at the onset of covid-19 in 2020 to pivot our operations to link together these same resources in a way to best ensure food insecure communities had access to freshly-made, wholesome meals.

Who funds FoodChain

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF)To Further the Exempt Purpose of the Organization$135,629
The Kroger FoundationOrganization's Charitable Purpose$24,000
Carol Bernick Family FoundationGeneral Fund$20,000
...and 4 more grants received

Personnel at FoodChain

Chaquenta NealExecutive Director$5,833
Leandra FormanDirector of Operations
Ivette FalconAdministrative Director of Fruit and Veggies
Kristin HughesDirector of Education and Outreach
Amber LawrenceKitchen Director
...and 4 more key personnel

Financials for FoodChain

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,069,920
Program services$42,882
Investment income and dividends$4
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-522
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$84,758
Miscellaneous revenues$-33
Total revenues$1,197,009

Form 990s for FoodChain

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-15990View PDF
2019-122021-04-02990View PDF
2018-122020-02-10990View PDF
2017-122019-02-21990View PDF
...and 5 more Form 990s

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Data update history
July 6, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
May 18, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
May 12, 2023
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $30,000 from The Kroger Foundation
March 22, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
November 22, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 11 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Food banksFood and nutrition programsCharities
Human servicesFood and nutritionHunger
Political advocacyPartially liquidatedReceives government fundingCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
501 W Sixth St Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40508
Metro area
Lexington-Fayette, KY
Fayette County, KY
Website URL
(859) 428-8380
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
K30: Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
NAICS code, primary
624210: Community Food Services
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