P.O. Box 4448
Lexington KY 40544
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 4448
Lexington, KY 40544
Phone (859) 444-4769
Contact Name Stephanie Wooten
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2011
Former Names
Faith Feeds
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

You can support our work to end hunger and food waste by donating online at Checks can be sent directly to our P.O. Box.

We always need volunteers to glean excess produce from farms, orchards, and local grocers. Please check our website to view our upcoming volunteer orientation sessions, where you can receive a free GleanKY t-shirt and learn more about volunteering opportunities.

In-kind donations are also warmly accepted. Materials and supplies that help to support our programs and volunteers include gleaning supplies such as rakes, buckets, and gloves; containers and ingredients for preserving food; name tags; gas cards; items for silent auctions; and heirloom seeds.


Other Documents
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement

GleanKY gathers and redistributes excess fresh fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky's hungry.

Our primary means of accomplishing this goal is to glean (which means to collect or harvest) fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste from growers, grocers, and others. After gleaning the produce, we deliver it to agencies, hunger ministries, or neighborhoods in food deserts for distribution to people who are hungry. Our efforts reduce food waste and food-insecurity in Kentucky.

Background Statement

Of the more than four million residents of Kentucky, over 750,000 (one in six) were classified as food-insecure in 2014. In 2010, over 100,000 Central Kentucky residents lived in areas designated as food deserts by the USDA. These statistics indicate that a large number Kentuckians struggle to obtain enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle - obstacles including low income, poor health, and a lack of proximity to food sources contribute to various levels of food insecurity for tens of thousands of members of our community. 

All the while, studies estimate that up to 40 percent of food produced in the United States is never consumed, but ends up in the landfill. GleanKY's founders saw that Kentucky's food system didn't have the infrastructure in place to get excess food from point A (growers and grocers) to point B (hungry bellies), giving birth to our work.  

Impact Statement

Since 2010, GleanKY has gleaned over 1.1 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2016, we continued solidifying our operations in adjacent counties, including Franklin, Scott, and Madison counties. These new GleanKY chapters allowed us to connect with new sources, new recipients, and new volunteers. All this means more individuals, both inside and outside of Fayette County, received gleaned fruits and vegetables for the first time. In total, GleanKY works with over 80 agencies around Central Kentucky.  In 2016, we collected 293,223 pounds of fresh produce, our most productive year yet.

Needs Statement

Donors and volunteers propel GleanKY forward. For every $50 donated to GleanKY, we are able to provide a week's supply of fresh produce to one of our over 80 partner recipient programs. Each year, over 400 unique volunteers dedicate their time to carrying out this critical work.

CEO/Executive Director Statement

Gleaning has value beyond pounds, trips, meals and hours. One story I heard in 2016 that I continue to carry with me is from a volunteer, Cathy, who gleans for a group of immigrant women receiving literacy services. Here’s her story:

“Although my students come from cultures where outdoor markets are common and their original diets were largely plant-based, their post-migration diets in the U.S. have led to type 2 diabetes and a range of other medical issues. When they received the produce today they were all absolutely overjoyed. The idea that they'll be receiving fruit and vegetables on a regular basis is like a dream come true for them.

Since I started gleaning for my students I've come to understand much better how truly food insecure their lives are and what a difference access to fresh vegetables and fruit means. They so truly appreciate this chance to have better, healthier lives and fill our language lessons with stories on how they prepared each vegetable from the week before.”


Board Chair Statement

I have a passion for helping other people. GleanKY has provided me with an opportunity to help people with a basic need -- food. I have been involved in many volunteer projects and have sat on many boards, but no group excites me like this one. Instantly, we have made a difference in the lives of three groups of people -- growers, recipients and volunteers. Rarely do we as individuals have an opportunity to have such a broad reach. I describe GleanKY as a "Win-Win-Win" situation: Growers win because they no longer see their produce going to waste; Volunteers win because they get to participate in the joy of both the giver and receiver; and Recipients win because their diet is supplemented with fresh food.

When I was first approached with the idea that became GleanKY, that is, there is food being grown and wasted that could be given to people who are hungry, it was an idea that made sense and that I thought could be executed. What I didn't expect was the tremendous personal reward.

Nevertheless, as with all great things, a tremendous amount of work is involved in keeping the organization on track and making it sustainable.  We continue to be blessed with trying to manage rapid growth.  For example, having started with a handful of very hard-working volunteers, we have hired a Gleaning Coordinator to handle the logistics of having more than 150 volunteers make over 900 gleaning trips to collect and deliver the thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables gleaned for our 50+ distribution partners.

As with all other non-profits, my job and the job of the board is to make sure we have the funds necessary to sustain and grow our mission of gathering and redistributing excess fruits and vegetables to nourish Kentucky’s hungry.  While the challenges loom large, I am proud to lead a group that is always ready.

Erica Horn

President of the Board of Directors


Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
We glean and distribute in Fayette, Franklin, Madison, and Scott Counties with service to others through God's Pantry Food Bank and Bluegrass Farm Charities.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

GleanKY intends to make a significant contribution to reducing hunger and food waste in Kentucky. Our goal for the next several years is simple: increase the number of people and programs we serve. In order to achieve this goal, we need capital and capacity to recruit more volunteers and develop relationships with more sources of food to glean. In combination, these two resources will allow GleanKY to nourish individuals with produce that would otherwise go to waste.

StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

GleanKY aims to remove as many barriers from our work as possible - for recipients and volunteers alike. Our gleaning program is very efficient, with volunteers picking up produce directly from groceries or farmers and distributing it directly to feeding agencies in the area. GleanKY doesn't charge recipient sites for the food it distributes, nor do we request identification or proof of need from clients. 

CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

GleanKY is equipped with a large number of dedicated, reliable volunteers - in 2016 we had more than 400 unique volunteers allowing us to provide produce to over sixty feeding agencies in Central Kentucky. We're now equipped with four full-time staff members - an Executive Director, a Program Director, a Development Director, and a Fayette County Coordinator - who are working to ensure GleanKY is able to work in the most efficient way possible. 

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?

Currently, GleanKY measures success by focusing on the number of pounds gleaned, gleaning trips, volunteers, volunteer hours, sources of fresh produce, and recipient agencies. We also assess our impact on the programs to which we donate fresh produce. Indicators like individuals served, nutritional value of meals served, and meals containing produce measure how our mission affects the work of our partners.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Gleaning began in June 2010 and by the end of the year our volunteers had gleaned in excess of 37,000 pounds and donated it to 14 agencies or churches in Central Kentucky that fed low-income and homeless people. We have experienced exponential growth through the present, bringing our gleaning total to over 1.1 million pounds of fresh produce delivered to over 80 feeding programs including Nathanial Mission, Moveable Feast, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. We have developed relationships with over 40 sources of produce, including several farms, orchards, farmers’ markets, backyard gardeners, and local grocers. We make between 15 and 40 gleaning trips every week (depending on time of year) and have engaged hundreds of volunteers in our mission. According to our most recent program evaluation, 96% of our partner feeding programs reported being able to offer an increased selection of food after receiving produce from GleanKY. Additionally, 76% of our partners reported being able to serve a greater number of people as a result of our partnership, and 35% reported being able to serve their clients fresh produce for the first time.

Board Chair
Board Chair Erica Horn
Company Affiliation Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Term Feb 2010 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Emily Camp LexmarkVoting
Betsy Davis Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of KentuckyVoting
Bill Hollars RetiredVoting
Erica Horn Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLCVoting
Holly Hughes Fayette County Public Schools
Sarah McHaffie RetiredVoting
Lauren Moore University of KentuckyVoting
Lisa Satin God's Pantry Food BankVoting
Rachel Sawyer Big Ass SolutionsVoting
Christian Torp Law Offices of Christian TorpVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Stephanie Wooten
Term Start Jan 2015

Stephanie got to know GleanKY through the Lexington Farmers’ Market. Amazed by the organization’s ability to connect the excess produce she saw so often at market with feeding programs around central Kentucky, she was eager to join the Board of Directors in 2013 and was hired as GleanKY’s Executive Director in January 2015. To Stephanie, food is the great unifier: “We all eat, and it is through the consumption of healthy, local food that we can form a resilient community.” Stephanie hopes her work with GleanKY will ensure that all have access to such a community. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University with Master Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration. Stephanie has also worked on community outreach and education projects for the Lexington Farmers’ Market.

Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 400
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Experience/Biography Ben Southworth graduated from the University of Kentucky in December of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked for UK’s student run radio station, WRFL Lexington, and continues to serve as a volunteer programmer. Ben spent three summers working for For Pete’s Sake Farm, loves gardening, farming, and cooking, and has a great appreciation for the work and ethics that go into producing and distributing produce. As a resident of Central Kentucky for his entire life, Ben is thoroughly excited to expand the reach and impact of GleanKY.
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography Motivated by the idea that all people should have access to fresh, healthy foods, Rachael Dupree began volunteering with GleanKY in the organization’s early years, and, soon after, joined the Board of Directors, where she served for four years. She’s excited to now come on board full-time as the Program Director, working to spread GleanKY’s reach across the state. She and her husband recently moved to a farm in Stamping Ground, Ky., where she’s gardener-in-chief, in charge of growing their family’s veggies and herbal medicine. When not out gleaning or working the land, you can find her in her kitchen not following recipes, on her yoga mat in a satisfying pigeon pose, or out exploring the world’s nooks and crannies.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments


Our core program is gleaning: collecting excess fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste for donation to agencies, churches, and other feeding programs that nourish people who are hungry. Volunteers collect the produce from growers (or harvest it from their fields) and deliver the food to those in need. Gleaning is a win for the farmers, who do not have to haul unused produce back to the compost bin or plow it under; a win for the volunteers who get the satisfaction of helping farmers and people that are hungry; a win for the agencies, churches, and other locations whose food costs are reduced and who can improve food quality and nutrition; and a win for the individual recipients who receive nutritionally superior food. We project taking over 1,000 gleaning trips in 2017 and expect growth in this number each year.

Budget 89950
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

To add depth to our services, GleanKY is working to develop partnerships with other groups to host cooking classes or events where large quantities of fruits and vegetables may be preserved for use throughout the winter. We are excited about expanding this program as our gleaning program grows and becomes more predictable.

Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success
Program Long term Success
Examples of Program Success
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2011
United Way Member Agency2014
Member Downtown Lexington Corporation2011
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $237,000.00
Projected Expenses $253,018.00
Endowment Value $25,432.50
Spending Policy Income Only
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$144,299$133,794$70,987
Investment Income, Net of Losses$32----
Membership Dues------
Special Events$31,891$17,832$13,896
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$66,482$92,650$46,974
Administration Expense$26,721$6,915$9,975
Fundraising Expense$66,698$12,500$4,413
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.351.39
Program Expense/Total Expenses42%83%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue38%8%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets--$160,568$120,583
Current Assets--$86,693$5,133
Long-Term Liabilities----$5,133
Current Liabilities--$3,462$115,450
Total Net Assets--$157,106--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

Foundation Staff Comments  

Address P.O. Box 4448
Lexington, KY 40544
Primary Phone 859 444-4769
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Stephanie Wooten
Board Chair Erica Horn
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC