160 Lexington Street
Versailles, KY 40383
Versailles KY 40383
Contact Information
Address 160 Lexington Street
Versailles, KY 40383
Versailles, KY 40383
Phone (859) 552-6873
Contact Name Lisa Johnson
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2016
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

 High School/College Mentors: community service hours available Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30

Donation of Equipment/Supplies:laptops or I Pads, school supplies, $10 gift cards

Adult Volunteers: Kitchen help, Student Mentoring (1 or more days/week or /month)

Guest Speakersin the areas of Fitness, Career, Community Leadership, or the Arts.

Funding or Monetary Donations-for ongoing sustainability of the M&Ms program may be mailed to "Mentors&Meals", 160 Lexington Road, Versailles, KY  40383

Financial Summary
Mission Statement

The primary goal of Mentors&Meals is to enhance academic achievement by providing out of school time mentoring (tutoring/homework help) as well as providing free snacks and a meal to middle school students utilizing peer mentors from the local high school along with college interns and adult volunteers. 

Background Statement
Mentors & Meals started as an outreach to help teens in Woodford County with homework.  The idea for mentoring and a hot meal was strongly supported by both the Woodford County Middle School and High School.  After the 8 week pilot program (March-May, 2011) it was apparent that the program model was effective.  From 3:30-4:30,  the "cool" high school and college mentors helped the middle school students with homework, project completion and study habits, creating both a fun and productive environment.  Mentors & Meals became a "Trailblazer Volunteer Station" through the United Way of the Bluegrass and quickly began to enroll adult volunteers into the program.  The intergenerational approach to mentoring was evident as the adults helped to "mentor the mentors".  The college student volunteers mentored the high school volunteers and the high school volunteers helped the middle schoolers.   In addition, through an arrangement with God's Pantry, a free hot meal and nutritious after school snack was provided daily.  At the end of the 8 week pilot, 36 out of the 40 student participants showed improvement in their grades, the overall Grade Point Average increased from 2.5 to 2.7 and the 30 high school mentors received recognition for contributing over 430 hours of community service toward tutoring in that short amount of time.  It was a Win-Win for all!
The program continued to have success, completing its first full school year from September, 2011- May, 2012.    In this school year, 60 students were enrolled with over 50% showing improvements in GPA or MAPs scores, 70 high school and college mentors dedicated 1,600 hours of community service toward tutoring and 35 adult volunteers contributed an additional 1,000 hours. 
Impact Statement
Outcomes:   Over the past 4 years, over  200 middle school students have been matched with high school mentors/role models for homework help.  Over 60% of enrolled students have achieved a "C" or better in the four core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies).  117 high school mentors, college interns and adult volunteers have collectively dedicated over 15,000 hours of service through their involvement in tutoring through the M&Ms program and 35 adults provided an additional 12,500 hours of service allowing us to serve 16,000 hot meals and countless after school snacks!
Needs Statement  Needed:  High School/College Mentors: community service hours available Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 from September through May.
 Donation of Equipment/Supplies:laptops or I Pads, school supplies, $10 gift cards.
 Adult Volunteers: Kitchen help, Student Mentoring (1 or more days/week or /month)
 Guest Speakers in the areas of Fitness, Career, Community Leadership, or the Arts.
 Funding or Monetary Donations-for ongoing sustainability of the M&Ms program.  It costs, on average, $1,500 per student per school year.


CEO/Executive Director Statement
M&Ms is a program that takes an innovative approach to improving academic outcomes.  In addition to the quantitative outcomes listed above, there are a number of qualitative factors as well.  How can you measure the impact that a positive role model has on a younger student?  What is the value of sitting with friends and adults over a hot, home-cooked meal versus  going to an empty house or eating alone in front of a computer or t.v.?   The bottom line is this:  Mentors&Meals provides free tutoring for students in a fun, safe environment and it provides the mentors and adult volunteers with a meaningful opportunity for outreach right in their own community.   It is a Win-Win for all!
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Nutrition
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Geographic Areas Served
Woodford County, Ky
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The primary goal of Mentors & Meals is to improve academic achievement from one quarter to the next in at least 50% of the enrolled students.  We measure this through change in grades in 4 core subjects, Language Art, Math, Social Studies and Science.  We also evaluate changes in MAP scores.  M&Ms provides opportunities for high school students to use their leadership skills to provide volunteer service in their own community and we have already started to see a few of the M&Ms participants come back to be be Mentors. The secondary impact is to reduce food insecurity in students who may be in need.  A hot, home cooked meal is provided daily.  In the next 3-5 years we hope M&Ms will be a sustainable, reproducible model for other counties to adopt.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? To impact the academic component, it is clear that we need to develop parent support.  While M&Ms first loyalty is to its students, parent/guardian involvement is a key ingredient.  M&Ms will be implementing a program at the end of 2015 and into 2016 to strengthen this component.  From a structural standpoint, M&Ms plans to fine tune our data base and data management system this summer (June-August 2015).   We have also developed a year round fund raising strategy.  In 2015-2016, M&Ms will conduct its first (annual) Team Trivia Night fundraising event in April, we will participate in the Good Giving Challenge in December and initiate a community awareness campaign in September, 2016.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? M&Ms currently has one AmeriCorps member whose job is to be the literacy coach for the program and one part time Assistant Director who is a relationship-builder.  The Program Director position is full time and is currently being held by an unpaid volunteer who is also getting her Masters of Public Administration degree from University of Kentucky.  M&Ms has many wonderful collaborations within the community.  Partnering with United Way of the Bluegrass, Life Adventure Center, Salvation Army, Ministerial Association, the Woodford County Schools and local businesses has given M&Ms stability and community awareness.  The expertise of a committed Board of Directors with positions within the schools, community and business world is also a strength for Mentors & Meals.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?
Mentors & Meals  goal is to retain a core group of 35-40 students each year.  As these students follow the expectations of the program, they are not just getting immediate help on their assignments, they are learning how to be engaged with mentors and peers,  to study more effectively and to be more organized and prepared as a student. The first step toward success is empowering the student to be involved by learning how to access their grade information via Infinite Campus.  The next step is educating the parents/guardians on how to use Infinite Campus and how to talk with their students each day about what they are doing in school.  The next indicator is to reduce the number of missing or incomplete assignments.  The final step to success is to help the student understand how to study and be successful when they have a test in school. 
While grades are important, behavior at school, engagement with teachers and reducing the amount of tardiness or behavioral reprimands is also extremely important.  This information will come from the teachers and administrators.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? 60% of the current students at M&Ms are achieving a "C" or better in their 4 core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science) which is above our stated goal.  Of course, we would like to be at 70-80% in the future.  Also- we hope to implement a Parent/ Guardian Involvement component to really propel the program forward.  We understand that students need an adult advocate at home and this means helping parents to be involved in their child's academic life, helping them keep the students accountable and it also means that M&Ms may need to help educate some parents on how to do this.
Board Chair
Board Chair Lisa Caswell Johnson
Company Affiliation Mentors & Meals
Term Mar 2011 to Mar 2016
Board Members
Amelia Bailey Mentors & Meals, Assistant Director (part time)Voting
Kim Boyd Accountant, EquineBooks EtcVoting
Chris Howard Life Adventure Center of the BluegrassVoting
Jim Jarman Americorps/FRYSCorps, full timeVoting
Rev. Pete Jones Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Ministerial Association RepresentativeVoting
Gary Jones Director: Ministerial Association Soup KitchenVoting
James Kay Ketnucky CongressmanVoting
Dr. Linda Kuder PHD, Public Administration, United Way Trailblazer BoardVoting
Kelly Sayre Woodford County Middle School, CounselorVoting
Jackie Sexton LexMark
Sara Swinford Woodford County High School Counselor, MSW, CSWVoting
Kate Ware Midway CollegeVoting
Kate Ware Midway College, Finanical Aid AdvisorVoting
Carmen Wilcox Woodford County ELL Parent Liason, InterpreterVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 90
Hispanic/Latino 10
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 50
Female 50
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 20%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Gary Jones
Term Mar 2012 to Mar 2015
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Lisa Caswell Johnson
Term Start Mar 2011
Lisa Johnson brings a wealth of experience to Mentors & Meals.  She saw an un-met need in the community, spoke with schools, churches and the business community and executed an 8-week pilot program.  Due to the success of the pilot, a full-school year program was initiated with outstanding results (over 50% of student participants showed improvement in their grades as measured by GPA or MAPS score).  Lisa also spent 22 years in sales where she organized, developed and delivered training presentations, planned and managed educational events and award programs and was the recipient of numerous local, regional and national awards.  She was invited to the Governor's mansion to receive the "First Lady's Award for Volunteerism and Service Impact" in the state of Kentucky, 2011.  M&Ms was nominated as the "Trailblazer Volunteer Site of the Year" in 2013.  Lisa received the Bluegrass Alliance For Woman "Legacy Award" in 2014.  She is an active member of Pisgah Presbyterian Church.  She sits on the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Bluegrass Trailblazers, Chamber of Commerce Women in Business, Art in the Park Board and the Agency on Substance Abuse Prevention Board in Woodford County.  Lisa holds a BS in Business Administration from Miami University, Oxford Ohio and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from University of Kentucky.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 148
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
3:10-3:20  Bus picks up students and delivers them to M&Ms
3:30-4:30  Homework Help, Tutoring, Access to Computer Lab and Printer
4:30-5:00  Group Activity in Gym (M/W),  STEM (T), Speaker (R)
5:00-5:30  Dinner
5:30-5:45  Students are dismissed
Budget 107000
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Every Tuesday- Newton's Attic brings a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) project that is tied into the Ky Core Standards for middle school students.  The students are given a pre-test prior to the program and a post-test to evaluate their understanding of the material after it is presented. 
On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, a representative from "Nerd Squad" presents an interactive  STEM program for the students.
Budget 25000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Children Only (5 - 14 years), Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short Term Success
By the end of 13 sessions, over 50% of students will show improvement in Science and Math grades (Quarter 4 vs previous Quarter)
Program Long term Success
Mentors & Meals students who participate in the REAL program will receive higher grades in Math and Science as a result of this program.
M&M students will achieve higher MAP scores in Math.
25% of student participants may be inspired to enter a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program or career.
Program Success Monitored By
UK has a very sophisticated pre and post testing program.
 The M&M program will track grade changes
Parent or student surveys may be used.
Description On the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, Guest Speakers come to talk with the students about jobs, careers, higher education, decision making, life skills, drug and alcohol awareness, agriculture, music, arts appreciation or health related topics.
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments The primary challenge facing the Mentors & Meals program is financial sustainability.  The program has operated for 4 years on an extremely limited budget with in-kind donations, a few generous donors, a little bit of luck and a large volunteer base.  For the first 2 years, there were no paid employees including the full time Program Director. Currenty, M&Ms has one, paid part-time Assistant Director and a part-time AmeriCorps member in service.  In order to ensure sustainability, M&Ms must develop a strong fund-raising program, continue to seek and receive grants, and collaborate with other non-profit and for-profit organizations to create a strong financial base so that this program and others like it can continue to enhance academic achievement and encourage a sense of inter-generational mentoring and community service.  A program that operates 5 days per week simply can not function on an all-volunteer staff.  It takes program directors and administrators to ensure program success and these positions must be filled with qualified individuals with skill and passion.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Mentors&Meals works in collaboration with Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass to provide additional team-building and character-building programs. M&Ms is a United Way of the Bluegrass Trailblazer volunteer station for adults over age 55.  M&Ms also has a collaborative arrangement  with the University of Kentucky Dept of Education who provides a  STEM-infusion program and is working on developing a collaboration with Newton's Attic to provide additional STEM programming throughout the school year.                                                      
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2015
Chamber of Commerce2013
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2012
United Way Member Agency2011
"Trailblazer Volunteer Station of the Year"United Way of the Bluegrass2011
First Lady's AwardKentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS)2011
nominated for inter-generational impact awardCorporation for National Community Service (CNCS)2011
Legacy AwardBluegrass Alliance for Women2014
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2015
Projected Revenue $42,689.87
Projected Expenses $59,734.10
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$33,500
Individual Contributions$2,635$4,890$19,077
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$14,539----
Revenue In-Kind$84,100----
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,788$55,656$30,532
Administration Expense$15,089$4,078$9,293
Fundraising Expense$2,088----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.710.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%93%33%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
Form 990s
2013 MWAC 990EZ
2012 990EZ 2012
2011 MAWC 990EZ
2010 MAWC- 990 EZ
2009 MAWC 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
According to the Wallace Foundation's "Out of School Time Cost Calculator",  Mentors&Meals provided a program valued at $107,000 program on a $6,000 budget in 2011.  It was possible to do this for one year due to a generous donation of the building facility (estimated value $13,500),  food provided by God's Pantry ($10,000 value),  an unpaid Program Director and an additional 105 volunteers who provided 2,600 volunteer hours (2600 hours valued at $17.65/ hour in Kenucky = $70,000). In order to sustain itself, the M&Ms program will need to look toward one or two paid staff positions in the next school year. The mentors will remain on a volunteer basis as this provides the innovation for the program and the value to the community. 
In 2012-2013, funds included:  a $30,000 grant which provided additional  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming for the students and $4,500 in Program related supplies and expenses. A part time Assistant Director was hired to help manage the additional needs for supervision and administrative support while the Full time director continued to take no compensation.  The program continued to provide tutoring and a hot meal to 69 middle school students, 4 days per week from 3:30-5:3 and added a Friday program for 20 selected students each week through a collaboration with the Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass. Additionally, 107 high school and college students along with 41 adult volunteers dedicated 5,000 hours of community service toward mentoring or meal preparation.
In the 2013-2014 school year, M&Ms plans to increase revenues from funding sources other than grants.  There is a 5K Walk/Run planned for October, 2013 called "Mentors & Miles" along with plans for a Winter and Spring fund raiser.  M&Ms would like to be able to pay a full time Director and possibly provide an Education Award for high school students who dedicate over 50 hours of service to the program which would provide some consistency in an otherwise seasonal volunteer base.  M&Ms has welcomed a full time  AMERICorps/FRYSCorps member this year who will focus on improving student literacy as well as developing and offering several Family Events, including 3 Literacy Nights which will address educational and social activities designed to enhance the parent/student relationship.
Foundation Staff Comments
Since 1995, Mentors & Meals operated under the umbrella of The Ministerial Association of Woodford County. In 2016 Mentors & Meals received its own 501c3 designation. This organization has no assets. All equipment is provided by other entities.
Address 160 Lexington Street
Versailles, KY 40383
Versailles, KY 40383
Primary Phone 859 552-6873
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Lisa Caswell Johnson
Board Chair Lisa Caswell Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mentors & Meals