The Plantory
501 W Sixth Street / Suite 250
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address The Plantory
501 W Sixth Street / Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (270) 929-7189
Contact Name Jeremy Porter
Web and Social Media
Better Bites Good to Go Bike brings healthy snacks and fun physical actvity to youth events in Lexington
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2015
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer You can support the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition by becoming a member. Members use their networks, expertise and time to spread our work deep into the community. We have meetings every other month. You can also volunteer through Fresh Stop Markets or Better Bites. Volunteer descriptions available on our website. Donations can also be made by mailing a check to the address above.  
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition is dedicated to making healthy eating and physical activity more popular and accessible for Lexington youth where they live, learn and play. We are promoting Healthy Choices Everywhere by improving environments, systems and policies that support healthy habits which helps Lexington children grow up to live happy, productive lives.
Better Bites. Snack Strong.  Have you noticed the fresh fruit, veggies and dip, frozen bananas and quesadillas at Lexington public pools? That's Better Bites! We provide technical assistance and marketing support to improve the nutritional quality of food offered at public pools, recreational facilities, sports events, after school programs, school concessions, camps, churches, back pack programs and restaurants.
Fresh Stop Markets are part of a movement that believes that fresh food is a basic human right. They are community-driven farm-fresh food markets that pop up bi-weekly at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. Participants cooperatively pay ahead of time on a sliding scale for 10-12 varieties of fresh local produce. This cooperation ensures that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as with a standard farmers market. At every market a chef hosts a cooking demonstration offering samples and recipes. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where there is lots of laughter, food and fun!
The School Wellness Action Plan (SWAP) supports schools in adopting wellness policies and practices that encourage healthy eating and physical activity for students K-12. We support more recess, more physical activity during the school day, and not using food to reward children for good behavior and academic performance.
Good Neighbor Stores work with small stores in food deserts to help them sell more healthy food, as well as become safer, cleaner and more positively engaged in the community.
Background Statement
      The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition (TNFC) consists of over 30 community members working together to create healthy food and physical activity environments for Lexington tweens. The coalition chose tweens—9-13 year olds– as the priority audience based on their important developmental phase and the limited community services available to them. Though tweens are our priority population, we work with youth of all ages and their primary influencers--parents, schools and community leaders. 
      The TNFC was formed in 2003 with support from the Lexington Fayette County Health Department, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Florida Prevention Research Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Coalition is currently funded with grants from United Way of the Bluegrass, Community Ventures, Fayette County Health Department, University of KY, and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. 
      We use a unique approach called Community Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM) under the guidance of the Florida Prevention Research Center.  CBPM combines a community coalition with its wisdom, connections and influence with sophisticated social marketing tools–-the same tools that commercial marketers use but applied to health and social change. This means we listen a lot before we act. We conduct interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders and members of the priority audience. We comb the literature to see what others have learned about the topic. And we partner extensively! It’s not unusual for us to have 20 partner groups working with us. Our ideas and materials are tested before we launch and once our projects are underway, we monitor, tweaking as necessary for maximum impact.
Impact Statement
Top Accomplishments
  •  In 2016 fruit and veggies outsold chicken nuggets 4:1 at Lexington public pools.
  • Better Bites promoted healthy choices to over 3,000 youth through cooking and nutrition classes, health fairs, and other public events.
  • Fresh Stop Markets expanded into a second fresh-food insecure neighborhood in Lexington. Both  sites partnered with 270 neighbors to cooperatively purchase nearly $19,000 of produce from 22 local farmers. 69% of all produce was purchased by families facing limited resources.
  • Good Neighbor Store partner, Lexington Market East End increased produce sales by 132% by offering Bluegrass Double Dollars to SNAP participants: every $5 SNAP purchase made in the store is matched with a $5 voucher for fresh local produce. 
  • Good Neighbor Stores, in partnership with GleanKY, distributed over 23,000 pounds of gleaned produce for free to 3,100 residents in fresh-food insecure neighborhoods.
  • SWAP leaders trained and supported over 250 Fayette Count Public School teachers, administrators, nurses, and parents to develop effective School Wellness Councils. Every school in the district now has its own wellness council. 
Top Goals
  • Develop 10 new Better Bites partners. 
  • Expand Better Bites cooking classes for youth to include 2 new long-term partners.
  • Identify and organize 1 new Fresh Stop Market to open in 2018 in a fresh food insecure neighborhood in Lexington. 
  • Increase Fresh Stop Market participation to 350 neighbors and produce purchases by 20%.
  • Develop mindfulness curriculum and host training for 3-6 Fayette County Public schools to implement as part of improving their school wellness environment.
Needs Statement
  • Funding to support increased program and administrative staff time so we can expand our reach and impact.
  • Active coalition members who bring networking, creativity and skills to Healthy Choices Everywhere.
  • Active subcommittee members to help with Better Bites Cooking Classes, Fresh Stop Markets, Good Neighbor Stores and the School Wellness Action Plan.
  • Community-Based Participatory Action Researchers who can work with our partners to refine programs and outcomes. 
  • Trailer to transport tents, tables, chairs, and other supplies to each Fresh Stop Market site. Cost: $8,000
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Why do we do this work? Increasing access to healthy food and fun opportunities to be active are key to helping children develop healthy lives. Childhood obesity undermines the physical and emotional well being of our children, as well as their life expectancy. We believe that kids deserve better.

The Kentucky obesity epidemic is striking in its dimensions and frightening in its potential. In Kentucky, a third of children, 60% of women, and 80% of men are overweight or obese. Our overweight and obesity rates are the highest in the nation for teens, the third highest for children, and the sixth highest for adults. Health care costs attributable to obesity in Kentucky will reach an estimated $2.3 billion dollars in 2013. 

Hunger is also a key factor in the obesity epidemic. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "Hunger and obesity often occur within the same neighborhoods — even the same families. More than one in five kids lives in a food-insecure household, meaning their family's income doesn't allow for consistent access to food. Meanwhile, a child can look overweight while still being hungry for nutrients because limited income leads to a trade-off between food quantity and quality." 

     Though Kentucky’s obesity statistics are troubling, sustainable approaches can start to turn the tide. We can change the physical surroundings, the rules, and the way day-to-day tasks are accomplished, tipping the scales in favor of healthy choices so we can prevent, rather than treat, childhood obesity. The Tweens Coalition works to change the environments, systems and policies so the healthy choice becomes the easy choice for Lexington kids.

      Increasing access to healthy food is identified as a key strategy for reducing obesity in Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, an 2012 expert report from the Institute of Medicine. When we began this work we found a dearth of healthy food options available to Lexington youth in public places: public pools, ball parks, after school shops, KY State Parks. camps, and neighborhood stores. Now the public pool menus include 65% healthy items and they are priced lower than the unhealthy items. 17 restaurants and 30 youth programs have become Better Bites partners. Two Fresh Stop Markets organized 270 neighbors to cooperatively purchase nearly $19,000 of farm fresh produce from 22 farmers in 2016. Change can happen; change is happening. We need your help to make Lexington a place where youth grow up with opportunities to make healthy choices. 

Board Chair Statement The Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition works to change the systems, policies and environments that affect the eating and activity habits of youth in Lexington to reduce childhood obesity. The work of the Coalition is important because they are doing what no one else in Lexington is doing—advocating for children to be raised in healthy environments rather than environments that undermine their health. The Coalition is uniquely positioned to continue this work as they approach all of their projects in a thoughtful, engaging manner. They do their homework—by examining best practices around the country and listening to their target audiences to achieve a balanced, community-driven approach.

The work of the Coalition is an uphill battle. We are attempting to shift deeply rooted habits of unhealthful eating and sedentary activities. It is increasingly hard to challenge those norms with an incredibly small staff and limited resources. However, given these limitations, the Coalition continues to do tremendous work. We can use your help to make healthy eating and regular physical activity the norm in Lexington!

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community Coalitions
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Leadership Development
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
We focus our work in Fayette County / Lexington, KY.  However, our works have been adopted by communities across the state and country and we are happy to provide consultation to others.
Board Chair
Board Chair Louise Tallen
Company Affiliation Independent
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Kristin Ingwell-Goode God's Pantry Food BankVoting
David Peterson Fayette County Health Dept.Voting
Dr. Mark Swanson UK College of Public HealthVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Rosalind Harris
Company Affiliation University of KY
Term July 2016 to July 2018
CEO Comments Our governance runs smoothly.  The Board works well together and we have no stumbling blocks in this regard at this time.We will be recruiting new board members as terms expire. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Jeremy Porter
Term Start July 2016

Jeremy Porter brings a background in anthropology, church youth group leadership and community gardening to the position. He apprenticed on Three Springs Farm in Nicholas County, KY, subsequently ran Eden’s Gate Farm in Midway, KY and worked for Seedleaf as Programs Director. Jeremy coordinated the Good Neighbor Store project and helped bring the first Fresh Stop Market to Lexington. 


Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

      Better Bites, a healthy snacking initiative, was developed in 2011 by the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition and Lexington Parks and Recreation in an effort to shift the balance of foods, from unhealthy to healthy, at Lexington public pools. Better Bites sales have consistently increased each year. 

      The existing food environment in Lexington is characterized by hyper-palatable, energy-dense, nutrient poor food that is not only inexpensive but extremely accessible. Research suggests that food consumed away from home is less nutritious (i.e., higher in calories, fat and sodium and lower in fiber, calcium, and iron) and is served in larger portions than food prepared at home. The community context plays an important role in shaping health behaviors. Although decisions regarding food-related behavior operate in a series of “nested environments” (i.e., nation, region, community, family, etc.), the greatest capacity for change and collective action arguably lies at the community level. Research suggests that the community food environment provides a particularly powerful site for reducing childhood obesity as it combines a geographic location with groups of people who are linked by social ties, share common interests and cultural characteristics, and engage in interaction in that setting.

     The TNFC has worked with 64 partners to adopt Better Bites and increase the number of healthy offerings on their menus. This includes five public pools, 12 restaurants, two after-school shops, one ballpark, two summer camps, 25 youth programs, and 17 state park resorts. We have a Better Bites "Good to Go" bike that we bring to bus stops and community events. A registered dietician currently working on contract for 15 hours a week coordinates this work along with the Coalition Director.

Budget 25480
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),

      The Good Neighbor Store (GNS) initiative partners with small stores to bring healthier food to Lexington food deserts. Studies show that people who live closer to stores that carry healthy food have reduced risk of diet-related diseases.

      Our work is based on two years of formative research that included listening to neighborhood youth and adults, store owners and staff, small business consultants, food wholesalers, farmers, police, elected officials and program champions from around the country who have done similar work successfully. A strategy document based on this research was developed and guides the work.

      Stores that agree to make specific changes are designated as “Good Neighbor Stores”. This designation shows the store’s commitment to being a more positive neighborhood influence. An Americorps VISTA works to help store staff increase the amount of healthy food they stock and sell, as well as helping them make changes in store safety, appearance, marketing and community relations. The Lexington Market East End (corner of Race and Third Streets) offers Double Dollars so that every time a customer spends $5 with SNAP/EBT, they receive a free $5 voucher for fresh-local produce. Two stores offer weekly free produce distributions in partnership with GleanKY. 

Budget 3200
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Children Only (5 - 14 years)

   The SWAP team works with Fayette County Public Schools to adopt school wellness policies including: 1) end the use of food as reward, 2) ensure that all elementary school students get at least 20 minutes of recess every day and 3) include at least 50% healthy food in school celebrations.

   The Coalition supports schools in implementing these changes with an  online School Wellness Toolkit that includes a variety of practical materials. ( A SWAP You Tube channel features videos with school representatives that have successfully adopted the three proposed policies. A Wellness Program Champion booklet (online and hard copy) lifts up the good work being done in the district and helps other schools replicate those initiatives.

   Special trainings on alternatives to using food as rewards, incorporating 60 minutes of physical activity into a school day, mindfulness, and running an effective school wellness council are also offered.

Budget 12610
Category Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Description Fresh Stop Markets are part of a movement that believes that fresh food is a basic human right. They are community-driven farm-fresh food markets that pop up bi-weekly at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. Participants cooperatively pay ahead of time on a sliding scale for 10-12 varieties of fresh local produce. This cooperation ensures that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as with a standard farmers’ market. At every market a chef hosts a cooking demonstration offering samples and recipes. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where there is lots of laughter, food and fun! Fresh Stop Markets are open to everyone and created, led, and sustained by
community leaders. Most Fresh Stop Markets reserve 75 percent of all shares for those individuals and families identifying as having limited resources according to the WIC eligibility guidelines (185 percent of poverty or less).The East End Market is held at the Lyric Theater  300 East Third St. The Castlewood Market is held at the New Beginnings Church 845 Bryan Avenue. 
Budget 57,185
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
   Our goal truly is to have "Healthy choices everywhere" in Lexington. The more partners we have on board, the more we can work together to create a community that allows Lexington children to grow up in  environments that make the healthy choice, the easy choice.  The more partners join us, the more momentum we'll have.
   Our challenges include having enough funds to hire adequate staff to increase the breadth and depth of our work.  We are seeking to move several of our personnel positions from contract to staff in order to recruit and retain high quality employees. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Lexington Fayette County Health Department
  • Baptist Health
  • Parks and Recreation
  • YMCA
  • UK Cooperative Extension
  • UK College of Public Health
  • KY Department for Public Health
  • William Wells Brown, Martin Luther King, and Castlewood Neighborhood Associations
  • United Way of the Bluegrass
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Girls Rock
  • Girls on the Run
  • Food Works
  • Food Chain
  • GleanKY
  • Bluegrass Community Foundation
  • God’s Pantry Food Bank
  • Parent Advocates
  • Lexington Market East End
  • F & D Market
  • Common Good CDC
  • North Limestone CDC
  • William Wells Brown Community Center
  • The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center
  • New Beginnings Church of God in Christ
  • Bluegrass Farm to Table
  • Bluegrass Harvest
  • Partnership for a Fit KY
  • State Dept. of Public Health
  • UK Food Connection
  • UK Campus Kitchen
  • UK College of Ag, Food and Environment
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $63,100.00
Projected Expenses $59,400.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$31,563$72,614$63,944
Administration Expense$7,437$7,793$7,993
Fundraising Expense$1,351$963$7,993
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.560.801.45
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%89%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%1%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$15,217$32,874$49,225
Current Assets$8,962$22,074$33,925
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$15,217$32,874$49,225
Form 990s
2016 Form 990
2015 f990ez 2015
2014 Tweens 990 EZ
Audit Documents
2015 Financial Review
2014 accountant's report
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Our 2016 990 is a short year filing. We changed our fiscal year to align with our major grantors. 
Foundation Staff Comments 2016 financial information is for six months only, from January 1 to June 30, 2016. Tweens is transitioning from a calendar year to a fiscal year running from July 1 to June 30.  
Address The Plantory
501 W Sixth Street / Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 270 929-7189
CEO/Executive Director Jeremy Porter
Board Chair Louise Tallen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent