Grace Cafe
P.O. Box 2384
DANVILLE KY 40423-1027
Contact Information
Nonprofit Grace Cafe
Address P.O. Box 2384
DANVILLE, KY 40423 1027
Phone (859) 209-2529
Contact Name Rochelle Bayless
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2014
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Visit our website at www.gracecafeky.org and click on Donate Now. Or, mail donations to: Grace Cafe, Inc., PO Box 2384 Danville, KY 40423-2384. Volunteers should email us at info@gracecafeky.org.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Grace Café is to end hunger & food insecurity in Boyle County, KY by providing healthy and delicious food to all who walk through our door. We will welcome and serve our patrons in a respectful and dignified manner, regardless of their ability to pay.
Background Statement

Grace Café seeks to empower the community to take control of its hunger and nutritional challenges, by creating an opportunity for everyone to participate and to gain knowledge about the problem and solutions. Grace Café deals with the larger issue of social justice – helping people up and out of dependency and entitlement and promoting healthy lifestyles for all. Grace Café is different from other emergency food sources in several important ways:

· People who are hungry can eat with dignity because there is no distinction from a customer that can pay and one who can’t. A donation box allows people to give what they can.

· People have the opportunity to pay for their food by serving as volunteers while also learning job skills in the food industry.

· Customers only eat what they need or want which drastically reduces waste.

· Everyone receives a meal that is nutritious and made from local sources. All meals are prepared using organic, when possible, and unprocessed foods. Customers will learn how nutritious, fresh foods can be delicious, hopefully changing their eating habits over time.

·         Finally, those who can contribute money for their meal have the ability to help those who can’t simply by choosing how much they will put in the donation box. Everyone who comes to Grace Café can participate in alleviating hunger.

Impact Statement
Our Vision

To create a more vibrant, healthy, and economically
strong community.

Our Core Values
Ending hunger by building human capacity and not encouraging dependency. Welcoming all members of our community.
Serving local organic-when-possible and unprocessed fresh food. This promotes good health, supports organic farmers, and promotes environmental sustainability.
Paying for food for at market value with the exception of donations of first-rate,
high-quality food from local sources.
Eliminating waste in the food industry.
Practicing green, sustainable, & compassionate business operations.
Providing living wages for employees & job-training skills for those who want to move into other areas of the food industry.
Trusting our customers to be inspired, honest, and fair in their exchange of money and/or time for the food we prepare both mindfully and in a heartfelt way each day.
Giving people the opportunity to give back to the community and Café through
volunteerism.
Implementing best practices for nonprofit organizations & restaurant operations.

 
Needs Statement
Food for meals $71,750 (organic and prepared from local farming sources whenever possible)
Chef Salary $34,000 (delicious meals is a key strategy for repeat business from patrons)
Cafe Rental $21,600
Kitchen Equipment and Supplies $5,000
Operating Reserves: $10,000 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Spurred by the One World Everybody Eats Foundation, the community café model has proven successful across the country. Instead of offering an emergency response to hunger, Grace Café will offer a lasting solution. Grace Café will replace hunger with dignity and build stronger community ties.

Hunger is a serious problem in Kentucky and here in Boyle County. Almost 17% of residents and 21.6% of children are considered to be food insecure. And yet, 33% of Kentucky adults are obese. Cheap food, lacking in nutrition, is making us fat and sick.

 

Food pantries and soup kitchens can only hold back the tide. They are not the way to end hunger. Chronic use of an emergency food system for which people cannot be held accountable is inherently undignified and ultimately unsustainable.

Grace Café is part of a worldwide movement and a member of the One World Everybody Eats Foundation. Our results will be shared with other community cafes to help current cafes operate better and found new ones.

 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Kentucky
Boyle County, KY
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

Preserving the dignity for customers who cannot pay for their meal is the hallmark of community cafes. This vital part of our mission certainly presents challenges in measuring the long-term impact on people’s lives. Yet, we point to the growing success of the community café movement – more than 50 cafes operating successfully across the country – to help us know that Grace Café can and will make a difference in fighting local hunger. By evaluating its impact, Grace Café can improve on its business practices and expand its reach to those in need. The Cafe will strive to provide measurements whenever possible, including gathering statistics in the following ways:

1)      Number of meals served

2)      Volunteer hours logged

3)      Funds spent on fresh food from local farmers

4)      Money spent in the community

5)      Number of visitors to the Café, whether eating or just visiting

6)      Donations received through both fundraising and the donation box

 

Success beyond the numbers will be measured qualitatively through observations and collecting comments in writing through a comment box, including:

1)      Improved knowledge about healthy food choices among Grace Café patrons

2)      Learning to enjoy healthy foods by having the opportunity to taste recipes and dishes prepared by a professional chef

3)      Providing the entire community an opportunity to participate in eliminating hunger, through donations made in exchange for a meal

4)      Encouraging a change in attitude by people seeking assistance from one of dependency and entitlement to one of dignity by paying for their meal through small donations or volunteer labor

5)      Setting a successful example for the community café movement in Kentucky and spurring projects throughout the state.

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

The local food pantry is no longer just about meeting the emergency need for food. It has become a way for people to meet the ongoing, chronic need of not having enough resources to feed themselves and their families. Chronic use of an emergency food source is inherently undignified and ultimately unsustainable. Human dignity is at the heart of this issue. People turn to food banks not because they want to but because they have to.

Grace Café seeks to empower the community to take control of its hunger and nutritional challenges, by creating an opportunity for everyone to participate and to gain knowledge about the problem and solutions. Grace Café deals with the larger issue of social justice – helping people up and out of dependency and entitlement and promoting healthy lifestyles for all. Grace Café is different from other emergency food sources in several important ways:

·         People who are hungry can eat with dignity because there is no distinction from a customer that can pay and one who can’t. A donation box allows people to give what they can.

·         People have the opportunity to pay for their food by serving as volunteers while also learning job skills in the food industry.

·         Customers only eat what they need or want which drastically reduces waste.

·         Everyone receives a meal that is nutritious and made from local sources. All meals are prepared using organic, when possible, and unprocessed foods. Customers will learn how nutritious, fresh foods can be delicious, hopefully changing their eating habits over time.

·         Finally, those who can contribute money for their meal have the ability to help those who can’t simply by choosing how much they will put in the donation box. Everyone who comes to Grace Café can participate in alleviating hunger.

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

Although the first of its kind in Kentucky, Grace Café is based on the well-established business model developed by One World Everybody Eats Foundation (OWEE). The Foundation was created by Denise Cerrata who spearheaded the community café movement in 2003 with the opening of One World Café in Salt Lake City. Since then, Denise and the Foundation have provided technical assistance and financial support for groups in more than 50 communities who opened their own pay-what-you can cafes.

In 2013, Danville became the next community to begin efforts to open a community café. The development of Grace Café has involved a strategic and carefully-planned process to ensure success from the start. It has utilized both the Spirit in Business Guide from OWEE and guides for planning and implementation provided by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network.

A board of directors has been in place since mid-2014 and a fundraising plan was launched. The location has undergone renovation to create the perfect atmosphere for people to engage in this transformational initiative to address hunger. Volunteers have played a significant role in bringing the project to fruition with countless hours spent planning, fundraising, and preparing the kitchen and dining areas for guests. 

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?

Current goals focus on both financial sustainability and increasing the number of food insecure people we are able to assist. In 2016, the Café served as an average of 57 meals per day. Over the next 12 months, we are striving to serve 14,400 meals, based on an average of 60 meals per day, and to increase volunteer hours from 3,442 to 4,000. Donations received for meals are the major source of income and currently account for 62.3% of revenue with a goal of reaching 75% self-sustaining. Other objectives include: providing people with the opportunity to learn about healthy food choices; encouraging a change in attitude by people seeking assistance from one of dependency and entitlement to one of dignity and to provide work experience for the unemployed.

ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

Grace Café is not only feeding hungry residents of Danville and Boyle County, it is demonstrating how to prepare delicious meals with fresh, nutritious foods and encouraging people to improve their eating habits for lifelong health. The Café officially opened in July thanks to the support of more than 100 individuals, businesses and churches that rallied to support the project. In just one month, we served 1,334 meals and had 105 volunteers who worked 315 hours to serve the public.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Daniel Kirchner Ph.D.
Company Affiliation Centre College
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Melissa Caudill Community VollunteerVoting
Merry Cooper Community VolunteerVoting
Daniel Kirchner Ph.D.Community VolunteerVoting
Joanie Lukins Living Waters for the World ministryVoting
Julie Nelson Community VolunteerVoting
Heather Pennington Esq.Community Volunteer
Sydney Ratliff Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
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 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mr. Al Ataide Architect
Ms. Mary Cahalane Development Consultant
Nick Lacy Photographer & Social Activist
Quentin Scholtz Local farmer, retired United Methodist Church Minister
Rebecca Scholtz Local farmer with a B.S. & M.S. in Foods and Nutrition
John Wyatt Market Master, Boyle County Farmer’s Market
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Rochelle Bayless
Term Start Jan 2014
Email info@gracecafeky.org
Experience

An eighth generation Kentuckian, Rochelle is an artist, graphic designer, and nonprofit communications/fundraising professional with more than 25 years experience serving nonprofits. Rochelle’s publication, A Theology of Food: Seeing Food as Acts of Grace (Hartford Seminary 2013) is the basis and inspiration for Grace Café. Rochelle holds a MA from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT and a BFA from Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, CT.

Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 449
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description Hunger Relief - Community Cafe Model
Category
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments

Food is as essential a human need as air or water. Yet, for many Americans – 50 million people – the struggle with both enough food and nutritious food is very real. The economy has experienced an unusually slow recovery since the deep recession in 2008 and 2009. The nation’s poverty rate reached 15.1% in 2010, the highest rate since 1993. The poverty rate remained at 15% in 2012 with 46.5 million people living in poverty. This is the largest number living in poverty since statistics were first published more than 50 years ago. The US unemployment rate exceeded 7% for five years between late 2008 and late 2013 (11 million people in any given month), the longest period of high unemployment in 70 years.

According to Feeding America’s Map the Gap 2015 report, 17.1% or 4,920 people are considered food insecure in Boyle County, and 14.9% or 3,180 people in Mercer County. Slightly more than 18% live below the federal poverty level, meaning a family of four lives on a yearly income of about $31,000. In Danville, one in four residents is considered food insecure including 25% of its children (Health Rankings). The Feeding America network of food banks in Kentucky serve 68,300 individuals in a typical week, and 39% of these agencies reported not having enough food to meet their clients’ needs. Economic conditions have also impacted Feeding America agencies in Kentucky, with 26% of food pantries reporting that they had to cut back on services.

In Mercer County, 32% of adults are considered obese (Boyle County, 30%), according to Kentucky County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 2015. Hunger and obesity are inextricably linked, and are both signs of insufficient funds to buy foods required to stay healthy. When available, healthy food is often more expensive but refined grains, added sugars, and fats are generally inexpensive and readily available in low-income communities.

The relative price of fruit and vegetables has increased 40% since the obesity epidemic first began in the early 1980s. In contrast, the relative price of processed foods has decreased by 40%. Households with limited resources to buy enough food often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing cheap, energy-dense foods that are filling – that is, they try to maximize their calories per dollar in order to stave off hunger. While less expensive, energy-dense foods typically have lower nutritional quality and, because of overconsumption of calories, have been linked to obesity.

In the Hunger in America Survey 2014, an estimated 41% of households served by food banks in Kentucky report at least one member with diabetes; 65% report at least one member with high blood pressure. Additionally, 69 percent of households chose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care at least once in the 12-month survey period.              

Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations

Our innovative approach to alleviating hunger has garnered attention from many organizations and individuals involved in human services. The Cafe’s Executive Director participates in the Family and Consumer Sciences Council as part of the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service. The Council is comprised of community leaders working at the ground level to access basic needs for families. The Café’s Board President takes part in statewide focus groups conducted by the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. As part of UK’s Community and Economic Development Initiative, the focus groups are exploring the impact of the local food system and the availability of fresh, local and nutritious food to KY’s most vulnerable citizens. Grace Cafe’s model and mission speak to the heart of this issue and it has become an important voice in the assessment of local food systems.

Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Financials
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 $315,920.00
Projected Expenses $315,920.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$210,414$127,468--
Administration Expense$33,094$24,985--
Fundraising Expense$23,161$15,868--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.98--
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%76%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%15%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$56,511$50,240--
Current Assets$19,549$4,356--
Long-Term Liabilities$41,107----
Current Liabilities$9,574$49,340--
Total Net Assets$5,830$900--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This organization received its 501c3 status in 2014 and does not yet have three full years of financial information. 
Address P.O. Box 2384
DANVILLE, KY 404231027
Primary Phone 859 209-2529
Contact Email info@gracecafeky.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rochelle Bayless
Board Chair Dr. Daniel Kirchner Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Centre College