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FoodWorks Alliance, LLC

Total Qualifying Score: 5
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : No (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: Above $3 million or below $100,000 – 0 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


FoodWorks Alliance, LLC
Zanesville,, Muskingum County, Ohio 43701

County (ARC Region) Muskingum
State (ARC Region) Ohio


Q1. Mission:

FoodWorks Alliance is a non-profit established to help grow and sustain food businesses in Southeastern Ohio.  We offer business services and provide top quality business resources as well as a licensed commercial kitchen for production.  This year we established a DBA, Sweet Life Baking Company which expands our services to on the job trainings for women in recovery.  The women employed are part of the development of the bakery from recipe development to packing and shipping.  The importance of this addition is that our partner Naomi House is the only recovery house in the area that allows the women to keep their young children with them during their journey to sobriety, thus avoiding the challenge of getting the children back for social services after they have completed their program.

COVID-19 has been a real factor in serving our clients, especially the restaurant, bed and breakfast, meal prep clients and food wagon.  In addtion the bakery started recipe development in February and was not able to start sales until August 15th.  At FWA we also offer Servsafe Classes to support our restaurants and add some revenue to our bottom line.  At this time it is still very difficult for the small establishments to send and pay for their employees for this required training.  This has put some of them in jeopardy and we have lost several thousand dollars in revenue.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

#1.  FoodWorks Alliance’s mission is to establish and help grow sustainable food businesses in Southeastern Ohio.  We were established in 2015 as a part of the Muskingum County Business Incubator (MCBI).  In 2017 we became our own non-profit.  We continue to partner with some of the past members of MCBI as well as the Small Business Development Center to offer workshops and professional services.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 1/5 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 0/2 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $73,000/$75,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $58,367 / $74,511

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $73,000 / $75,000

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
For What Purpose(s):

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Although the income of FWA is $35,000 more than last year the difference is grant dollars awarded prior to the March shutdown and are allocated for mostly training labor for the bakery and for the kitchen to produce meals for our Hunger Network and  hot meal programs.  The income from the member clients has  been down due to the shut down in March and April and their lack of sales.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
We have been able to pay our bills the last two years but have not been able to grow our cash. There just isn’t any extra for tough times.
Helping our clients get back on their feet and grow their sales.
Things break down. There is now extra to replace faulty equipment and without our kettles we can not serve the clients and lose revenue.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

The research for the kitchen was done back in 2012 – 2014.  Things that was assummed in our business plan did not happen.  We have grown to 15 clients in 2017 but seem to stay at that level.  Our extra income streams are still needing plans for growth.  FWA needs to reevaluate the business plan and look for additional opportunity to grow.  At this time as the director, I only charge $525 per month for my services.  That has been my decision however moving forward FWA needs an income to support a Director at a normal pay scale of $40K – $45K  per year.  We have a new management assistant and it would be a great advantage to have them go through this program along with myself.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Short-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Carol Humphreys, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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