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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) ---Nourish Now works to make sure fresh food won't have to be thrown away. Instead, the food may reach people facing hunger.

The non-profit organization offers area restaurants and caterers the chance to donate their surplus meals.

With the ongoing government shutdown, families with furloughed workers have connected with Nourish Now, according to Brett Meyers, founder and executive director of the 501 c(3) non-profit based in Montgomery County.

Seven families experiencing furloughs have come forward. Meyers anticipates receiving more requests as the government shutdown continues.

Since its start in 2011, Nourish Now has collected and donated over 135,000 pounds of food.

The food reaches families, at-risk youth and low-income students who may not have enough food during the weekends.

Watch the video to find out how volunteers may help Nourish Now during the upcoming holiday season.

Produced/Written by: Elizabeth Jia
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