ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) --- Nourish Now doesn't allow healthy food go to waste. Instead, the non-profit organization serves to connect the extra food to people and families in need.
"We're working to achieve our mission of ending food waste and hunger as well," said founder and executive director, Brett Meyers.
Nourish Now collects donations of surplus food from area restaurants, caterers and other food providers. Since its inception in 2011, the organization has been able to donate over 135,000 pounds of food to those in need.
Currently, two area restaurants offer free meals: Not Your Average Joe's (Kentlands) and Quench restaurant (Rockville) host weekly dine-in meals for families in need.
Nourish Now builds relationships with services and organizations who have food to donate. The food is then prepared and packaged for families, at-risk youth, shelters, food banks and other places working to fight hunger. Additionally, volunteers cook healthy meals with the food donations.
PHOTO GALLERY OF NOURISH NOW EVENTS
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Upcoming Projects and Events
Wells Fargo Cooking Project September 14th 2013
10 members of the Wells Fargo team will be cooking with Nourish Now to make dinner for 100 people in need throughout Montgomery County.
Gleaning at Butler's Orchard September 17th 2013
Joined by 20 volunteers Nourish Now will be collaborating with another local nonprofit So What Else Helps to glean fresh fruits and vegetables. All produce collected will be donated by Butler's Orchard and given to people in need throughout the County by Nourish Now.
Wounded Military Appreciation Event September 21st 2013
Nourish Now will be donating dinner for 200 veteran soldiers to Rainbow Family Christian Center's Wounded Warrior Military Appreciation Event at Walter Reed Medical Center. Along with dinner, Rainbow Family Christian Center will be providing an evening of musical entertainment, as well as gifts for the veterans their families.
Ledo's Pizza Family Night October 23rd 2013
Nourish Now will be hosting a fundraiser at Ledo's Pizza in the Travilah Square Shopping Center in North Potomac. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Nourish Now's efforts of ending food waste and hunger in Montgomery County.
Halloween Tricks & Treats October 31st 2013
Nourish Now will be collaborating with Jade's Vending, a local business that will donate Halloween candy for 250 kids at Montgomery County Public Schools.
Homeless Resource Day November 7th 2013
At Montgomery County's 3rd annual Homeless Resource Day, Nourish Now will be donating healthy snacks for 300 people that are homeless throughout Montgomery County. The event will be held at the Activity Center in Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg.
Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County November 28th 2013
For Thanksgiving, Nourish Now will be collaborating with over 20 nonprofits throughout the county for the Holiday Giving Project to feed over 10,000 residents in need. Nourish Now has volunteered to provide food for all of the 400 thankful families that signed up in the Silver Spring zip code 20903.