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
501 W. Sixth St. 
Suite 105
Lexington, KY 40508 
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. About 90% of our farm products are sold and served by our neighboring restaurant Smithtown Seafood, with the remaining 10% being distributed to other local restaurants. Because education and inspiring replication is a goal, we also host tours for visitors and offer occassional aquaponics workshops for hobbiests and teachers. We cut the ribbon on our Teaching & Processing Kitchen in October of 2017 where we offer cooking classes for youth, host monthly community meals, and process locally grown surplus produce into longer lasting, convenient, and affordable products through drying and freezing techniques.  
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 also operate 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.
Needs Statement We always need volunteers to help with educational classes (cooking, outreach, etc.), farming assistance,  as well as work with processing fresh ingredients to more convenient, longer lasting forms. We also need help with graphic design and marketing. Finally, we accept donations of gently used kitchen equipment which we then hand out to neighbors via cooking classes. 
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Vanessa Cayson
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Shawn BladesBB&TVoting
Shawn BurnsCommunity VenturesVoting
John CadwellWealthSouthVoting
Vanessa CaysonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Andrew DierufEnderle Dieruf, PLLCVoting
Ryan FosterTraditional BankVoting
Janelle HagarKSUVoting
Ouita MichelHolly Hill InnVoting
Jonathon NunelyWyatt Tarrant CombsVoting
Norma TaylorSell StrategiesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
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 6
Standing Committees
CEO Comments K
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Rebecca Self
Term Start Jan 2012
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Description Using our demonstration system to provide students with information about aquaponics and the viability of indoor food production.
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.
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.
Description We work with local farms and partners to get surplus, blemished, and seconds of locally grown produce and then lightly process it with washing, sorting, chopping, peeling, bagging, freezing, pureeing and drying. These more convenient products are then made available for families, whether through partner organizations, or sold through our own point of sales. 
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $335,500.00
Projected Expenses $319,950.00
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$404,879$447,221$32,265
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$221--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$17,609----
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$294,847$140,766$51,000
Administration Expense$30,397$8,756$6,369
Fundraising Expense$2,862$1,347$6,369
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.373.231.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%93%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$594,120$470,470$47,965
Current Assets$221,251$379,663$47,965
Long-Term Liabilities$2,090$711--
Current Liabilities----$1,186
Total Net Assets$592,030$469,759$46,799
Form 990s
2017 Form 990
2016 Form 990
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 Vanessa Cayson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer