Our Mission

Nourish Now works to alleviate food insecurity in Montgomery County, MD and beyond by reducing the waste of unused fresh food.

Nourish Now strives to meet this goal by collecting surplus fresh food from our dedicated food donor partners throughout the Washington D.C. metro area. Food is then redistributed directly to families in need and to over 60 other Montgomery County, Maryland nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance to those in need. Food that is donated to other nonprofit agencies strengthens Montgomery County’s food assistance sector as a whole by saving each organization funding that would otherwise be used to purchase food. All of Nourish Now’s programs are centered around bringing food security to those in need. Thank you for taking the time to learn about what we do at Nourish Now and please check out our programs for more information. Together we can make food insecurity a thing of the past!

Nourish Now is a 501c3 non-profit that provides food to those in need by collecting donations of surplus fresh-food from restaurants, caterers and other food donors who directly support our mission. The surplus food we collect is distributed by Nourish Now to families in need, shelters, food banks and other organizations that assist in feeding the hungry.

Our Story

In December 2010, Nourish Now’s Founder Brett Meyers began doing research on fresh food waste throughout the United States after learning about the amazing Day-End  Dough-Nation giving program done by Panera Bread at the end of each night. Brett was stunned with the facts that over 50 million people throughout the United States suffer from food insecurity daily, while at the same time approximately 75 billion pounds of fresh food is wasted each year. These facts led Brett to make a life altering change. He believed that rescuing unused fresh food that would otherwise be sent to a landfill could play a major part in helping bring food security to those in need.
In complete grassroots fashion, Brett decided to take the leap and created Nourish Now in May 2011, with a dedicated board of four members. For the first six month of Nourish Now, Brett recovered food from his personal vehicle and immediately donated the food to families in need at lower income apartment complexes. Nourish Now caught a huge break from the generosity of Chef Susan Callahan and the Universities at Shady Grove where Nourish Now was able to store food which allowed for an increase of those served for just over one year. This time allowed Nourish Now to fundraise enough to be able to move into our own location.

With millions of pounds of food being waste each year, and over 80,000 people suffering from food insecurity daily, we at Nourish Now decided to take a stand against hunger and food waste, which is why it is our mission to end hunger in Montgomery County, MD NOW!

We are able to do this through building strong relationships in our community with philanthropic food providers so we can redistribute their surplus food to those who need it most. It is only through the efforts of our dedicated Food Donor Partners that Nourish Now has been able to assist so many families.

Nourish Now continues to grow everyday by expanding our 3 core programs: Food Rescue, Family Distribution, and Organization Distribution. Please contact us anytime to learn more about our programs and to see how you can get involved to join us in the fight to end hunger NOW!

Ike Leggett at Nourish Now

Ike Leggett, County Executive of Montgomery County, MD visiting our team at Nourish Now Headquarters.