Rockville based non-profit recovers all types of surplus food year round
“We are excited to provide a donated dinner for the upcoming Winter Wonderland Celebration, a night full of fun, festive activities with 200 people expected”, shared Brett Meyers, executive director of Nourish Now, a non-profit food rescue organization in Rockville, Maryland. The event is hosted by So What Else Helps in partnership with Nourish Now and will take place at the White Oak Community Center (WOOC). “We will take part in the evening by donating delicious restaurant quality food such as grilled chicken, ribs and different pasta dishes” explained Meyers.
Founded in May 2011, Nourish Now rescues over 3,500 pounds of food and repackages over 500 prepared meals for reallocation weekly. In 2014 alone, Nourish Now rescued 147,638 pounds of food which equates to more than 120,000 meals. Through Nourish Now’s main food recovery distribution program, Nourish Now Rescues, Nourish Now recovers all types of surplus food items from our 81 partnered foodservice providers. They then redistribute the food to over 46 fellow non-profit organizations and directly to more than 550 families in need monthly throughout Montgomery County.
“We have several collaborative efforts in place for food redistribution. It is an honor to continue to grow our philanthropic efforts, with Director Portia Scott of the While Oak Community Center to provide nutritious food all year long”, offered Meyers. Thousands of meals are donated to at-risk youth and their families at the White Oak Community Center. On a weekly basis, over 50 households are given prepared meals and other rescued food items. The Winter Wonderland Celebration is one of several events held throughout the year at WOCC in which Nourish Now donates food.
With such an astonishing number of people in need of food assistance in the County, Nourish Now is looking to expand the amount of food rescued to help more people become food secure. “Nourish Now enjoys being a member of Community Food Rescue and looks forward to continuing to grow its relationship”, offered Meyers. “As our County continues to unite, we will one day be able to bring food security for all of those in need throughout this incredible County.”