In Montgomery County, an estimated 83,000 people struggle to get enough food to eat. Yet more than 50 million pounds of food are wasted in the county each year. To some, this is a tragedy; to Nourish Now, it is an opportunity. Rescuing unused, fresh food from over 100 licensed food providers – restaurants, caterers, distributors – Nourish Now donates it directly to people in need and to more than 50 food assistance organizations. Every month, 500 families receive prepared meals, produce, bread, and dairy products, along with supplemental canned goods that have been donated by local food drives. Clients can also sit down with a Food Security Advisor, who helps make sure they have enough to eat for the whole month. For nonprofit partners, the benefits are two-fold: they save money because foods are provided free of charge, and their clients receive fresh goods – generally much healthier than processed foods. The bonus for everyone? Instead of packing our landfills, this good food nourishes our neighbors. It’s a winning partnership all around … that you can join.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Arcola Elementary School; Maryvale Elementary School; Roberto Climente Elementary School; Greencastle Elementary School; Magruder High School; School for Tomorrow; The Frost School; Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Gaithersburg High School; Gaithersburg Elementary School; Watkins Mill High School

Awards & Recognition

The Mayor and Council of Rockville, Certificate of Appreciation, June 6, 2015
The Dwelling Place, 2015 Community Impact Award, April 13, 2015
State of Maryland, Governor's Volunteer Service Certificate, September 1, 2014
BV Wines, Hometown Hunger Hero, June 12, 2013

Press

  • Nourish Now Reduces Food Insecurity by Reducing Food Waste
    Sun May 1 2016, North Potomac Times  
    "If you have extra, give extra." See page 16 for more!

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Nourish Now is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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