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 (859) 813-0062
Contact Name April Taylor
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 makes healthy eating and physical activity more popular and accessible for Lexington youth where they live, learn and play. Our coalition especially focuses on partnering with grassroots community leaders by listening deeply and working collaboratively to promote healthy choices everywhere.
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

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 Board Members
Company Affiliation Independent
Board Members
Dr. Rosalind HarrisUniversity of KYVoting
Kristin Ingwell-GoodeGod's Pantry Food BankVoting
David PetersonFayette County Health Dept.Voting
Dr. Mark SwansonUK College of Public HealthVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
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 4
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 Board Members
Term Start Apr 2019

Currently the Tweens Coalition is operated by the board and two program directors. 


Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 60%
Management Reports to Board? No
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Anita CourtneyMar 2015 - June 2016
Jeremy PorterJune 2016 - Mar 2019
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
Fresh Stop Markets are run by volunteer leaders in a grassroots food justice movement that operates from the belief that fresh food is a basic human right. Tweens helps to orchestrate the markets in tandem with our community leaders. FSMs are volunteer, community-driven, farm-fresh food markets that pop up bi-weekly at local churches, community centers, and businesses in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. Shareholders commit to pay ahead of time, on an income-based sliding scale, for a “share” of produce. A share is a selection of ten varieties of seasonal, local, organic produce. Each FSM operates from June - November. Shareholders are not just customers. They are the volunteer leaders that run and sustain each and every FSM. The shareholders’ financial commitment ensures that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as with traditional farmers’ markets. The sliding scale means food is affordable and everyone is included.
Budget 62,318
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, At-Risk Populations, Minorities

      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)
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
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
  • 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, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $84,100.00
Projected Expenses $82,500.00
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$59,486$110,926$18,853
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$77,205$74,215$31,563
Administration Expense$12,391$11,219$7,437
Fundraising Expense$5,719$577$1,351
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.801.460.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%86%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$28,093$54,359$15,217
Current Assets$23,093$22,159$8,962
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$28,093$54,359$15,217
Form 990s
2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990
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. Our fiscal year now runs July 1 - June 30.
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 859 813-0062
CEO/Executive Director Board Members
Board Chair Board Members
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent