FoodChain Inc
501 West Sixth St.
Suite 105
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Nonprofit FoodChain Inc
Address 501 West Sixth St.
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 536-7157
Contact Name Rebecca Self
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2012
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer 08
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Our mission is to forge new links in our food desert community with fresh food with education and demonstration of sustainable innovative food systems. 
Background Statement We started in 2011 with Rebecca Self pioneering early development and fundraising efforts. As of early 2013, we completed construction on our 7000 gallon aquaponics system and are now producing lettuces, microgreens, herbs and tilapia inside the former Rainbo Bread factory, next door to West Sixth Brewing. All of our products are sold and served by our neighboring restaurant Smithtown Seafood. To date, in mid-2016 we've grown more than a ton of produce and nearly 1200 lbs of tilapia. We've also hosted tours for more than 8,000 visitors, while hosting 10 community meals for our neighbors.
Impact Statement FoodChain works to reconnect people with their food by providing education and demonstration of sustainable indoor food production. We are currently operating the state's only indoor commercially-scaled aquaponics system with tilapia and greens. We are also working to actively to expand into of sustainable food production by building and operating a Teaching & Processing Kitchen to help connect local farm products to inner city jobs by way of fresh cut produce and light processing. We provide education of our methods to people of all ages and all walks of life through tours, workshops, and internships.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Janelle Hagar
Company Affiliation KSU
Board Members
Vanessa Cayson Community Volunteer
Andrew Dieruf Enderle Besten Dieruf, PLLC
Ryan Foster Traditional Bank
Janelle Hagar KSU
Ouita Michel Holly Hill InnVoting
Janet Mullins University of KentuckyVoting
Kathryn Sagan SKO Law
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
CEO Comments K
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rebecca Self
Term Start Jan 2012
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Description Using our demonstration system to provide students with information about aquaponics and the viability of indoor food production.
Population Served , ,
Program Long term Success By mid 2015, we've hosted nearly 6,000 visitors in our indoor aquaponics farm. 
Description Helping to set up small classroom aquaponics systems in classrooms in the region to bring food production and science together for youth.
Population Served , ,
Description Help youth and families learn about fresh food preparation with afterschool and evening family friendly cooking classes that focus on literacy with fresh ingredients and preparing them for nutritious meals.
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2015
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
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$0
Individual Contributions$32,265$43,943$93,772
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$38$39
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$4,838--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$51,000$52,525$121,828
Administration Expense$6,369$6,988$5,500
Fundraising Expense$6,369$4,400$500
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.140.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%9%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$47,965$47,735$40,314
Current Assets$47,965$47,735$40,314
Long-Term Liabilities--$825--
Current Liabilities$1,186$825$2,991
Total Net Assets$46,799$46,910$37,323
Form 990s
2015 990ez
2014 Form 990
2013 990-EZ
2012 FoodChain 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Dates Oct 2015 to Aug 2016
State Registration Yes
Address 501 West Sixth St.
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 536-7157
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Rebecca Self
Board Chair Janelle Hagar
Board Chair Company Affiliation KSU