FoodChain forges links between community and fresh food with education and demonstration of sustainable food systems.

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Meals served to the community since 2011

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About FoodChain

nourish lexington

Nourish Lexington seeks to eliminate barriers to fresh food combining direct food access with education to empower our community. Click here for our weekly dinner menu!

Food literacy education

Food literacy teaches food skills, food culture & global food systems, health related behaviours and environmental sustainability, while exploring food preferences.

FoodChain Kitchen

Food rescue, produce processing, job training, community meal prep, and SNACKS are the heart of our kitchen. Connections with local farmers make it possible.

Indoor aquaponics farm

A demonstration of sustainable agriculture, our working farm raises tilapia, marine shrimp, lettuce, microgreens, and herbs, modeling a sustainable, local food system.

We empower our community with food

FoodChain opens doors to participate, to create, to share. We are a nonprofit organization increasing access to locally sourced, fresh food for everyone. Since 2011, we have partnered with our local community to empower people to love food with innovative methods of direct food access, unique and accessible food literacy programming, and a one-of-a-kind indoor aquaponic farm. This is how we model a more sustainable food system.

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Next salad kit batch is ready for orders! Go to our website and secure yours today! The salad kit is : Ensalada de Frijoles Charros: FC lettuce, sunflower shoots, crispy local pinto beans, lightly smoked cherry tomatoes, Country view pepper jack cheese, and creamy sofrito dressing. Order deadline is Monday March 4th for pick up Wednesday the 6 through Friday the 8th. Know that you always want some fresh fixins??? Well, now you can sign up for a subscription and SAVE!

Pay ahead subscriptions are $150, saving you 6%! You can also just sign up for the subscription so you are guaranteed a kit each week and pay the $20 at pick up each time. Either way helps us and you plan ahead!
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Next salad kit batch is ready for orders! Go to our website and secure yours today! The salad kit is : Ensalada de Frijoles Charros: FC lettuce, sunflower shoots, crispy local pinto beans, lightly smoked cherry tomatoes, Country view pepper jack cheese, and creamy sofrito dressing. Order deadline is Monday March 4th for pick up Wednesday the 6 through Friday the 8th. Know that you always want some fresh fixins??? Well, now you can sign up for a subscription and SAVE! 

Pay ahead subscriptions are $150, saving you 6%! You can also just sign up for the subscription so you are guaranteed a kit each week and pay the $20 at pick up each time. Either way helps us and you plan ahead!Image attachment

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Frijoles Charros Salad Kit

Frijoles Charros Salad Kit

Fresh Fixins- Week of March 4th, 2024Ensalada de Frijoles CharrosA yummy blend of our lettuce greens with lightly smoked cherry tomatoes from KY Fresh Harvest, JKL locally grown crispy fried pinto beans, a creamy sofrito dressing with our homegrown oregano brujo,...

Abra Berens in KY

Abra Berens in KY

Abra Berens in Kentucky!March 5: Key 2 Cooking with Abra @ FoodChainWe are proud to bring back our Key 2 cooking series at FoodChain with Chef Abra Berens on March 5th from 5pm-8pm! Cook alongside renowned chef, Abra Berens, explore the taste wheel of pantry staples...

Growing together with Aquaponics!

Growing together with Aquaponics!

Exciting news! We're thrilled to announce our very first BUFF (Bluegrass Urban Farm Friends) written book, "Growing Together with Aquaponics!" By pre-ordering this book, not only will you gain a wealth of knowledge about aquaponics, but you'll also be supporting our...

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FoodChain is unique because it gives power back to the community it serves. You do not see a lot of non-profits operate in this way and it is refreshing to see an organization be an asset to the community.

- Crystal Williams

Former FoodChain Intern

Our Partners & Sponsors

  • The Nest
  • Fayette County Public Schools
  • Seedleaf
  • Journi’s Hope
  • Arbor Youth Services
  • Chrysalis House
  • Campus Kitchen
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries
  • West End Community Empowerment Project
  • WWB Neighborhood Association
  • Family Care Center
  • Marafiki Center
  • Community Inspired Lexington
  • Lexington Parks and Recs
  • Partners for Youth
  • Consolidated Baptist Church
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • UK Healthcare

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