To Receive Food Assistance from Nourish Now:

Please call us at 301-330-0222 to speak with a Nourish Now representative. If it is your first time calling, you will be asked for your name, household size (number of adults and children), phone number, and address, as well as any known food allergies or other diet restrictions. After receiving this information, the Nourish Now representative will arrange for you to pick up a food donation from our warehouse at 1111 Taft St., Rockville, MD 20850 during our distribution hours 11am-4pm Monday through Friday.



After receiving food from us, you may be asked to complete a survey that will help us to better understand the need of those we serve. Questions include demographic information, other sources of food assistance, and the effect all forms of food assistance have on the health and budget of your household.

Learn more about Food Donation Laws and Government Food Assistance Programs below.

Federal Laws

Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act

Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act

One of the biggest concerns for people who volunteer their time and resources to assist in feeding hungry people is whether or not they are putting themselves at risk legally when doing so. Luckily, the government realized this and implemented legislation which provides uniform national protection to citizens, business, and organizations that act in good faith to donate, recover, and distribute excess food to those in need.

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-210, provides limited tort immunity to encourage the donation of food and grocery products to nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy individuals. Despite the fact that millions of Americans go hungry, organizations had been reluctant to donate food due to liability concerns. Congress enacted the Food Donation Act to allow retailers, farmers, restaurants, and nonprofit feeding programs to donate safe food and grocery products to food banks and soup kitchens.

This law promotes food recovery by limiting the liability of donors to instances of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. The Act further states that, absent gross negligence or intentional misconduct, persons, gleaners, and nonprofit organizations shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or apparently fit grocery products received as donations.

Federal Food Donation Act

Federal Food Donation Act of 2008

Research done by the United States Department of Agriculture found that more than one-quarter of all the food produced for human consumption in America is currently discarded. At the same time this waste is occurring, 11% of U.S. households (12.6 million households) are food insecure. At some time during the year, these households had difficulty providing enough food for all members due to a lack of resources. And about a third of these same food-insecure households (4.4 million people or 3.9% of all U.S. households) were food insecure to the extent that one or more household members were hungry, at least during some point during the year, because they were unable to afford enough food. In order to combat this, the Federal Government passed into law the Federal Food Donation Act of 2008.

The Federal Food Donation Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-247, 122 Stat. 2314-2315) requires the Federal Acquisition Regulation to be revised to require all government contracts above $25,000 for the provision, service, or sale of food in the United States, or for the lease or rental of federal property to a private entity for events at which food is provided in the United States, to include clauses that: (1) encourage the donation of excess, apparently wholesome food to nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to people with inconsistent access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food; (2) provide that the head of an executive agency involved shall not assume responsibility for the costs and logistics of collecting, transporting, maintaining the safety of, or distributing such food; and (3) exempt any executive agency and any contractor making donations pursuant to such a contract from liability to the extent provided under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. (Bill: S. 2420)

Government Food Assistance

USDA Food and Nutrition Services

(CSFP) Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

CSFP works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.

(FDPIR) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

FDPIR is a Federal program that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations.

(TEFAP) The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) 

Under TEFAP, commodity foods are made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to States. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public.

(CACFP) Child and Adult Care Food Program

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. The program also provides meals and snacks to 74,000 adults who receive care in nonresidential adult day care centers. CACFP reaches even further to provide meals to children residing in homeless shelters, and snacks and suppers to youths participating in eligible afterschool care programs.

(FFVP) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Food Program

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides free fresh fruits and vegetables in selected low-income elementary schools nationwide. The purpose of the Program is to increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption and at the same time combat childhood obesity by improving children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health.

(NSLP) National School Lunch Program

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the lunch program get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the USDA for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve lunches that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price lunches to eligible children. School food authorities can also be reimbursed for snacks served to children through age 18 in afterschool educational or enrichment programs.

(SBP) School Breakfast Program

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

The School Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the breakfast program receive cash subsidies from the USDA for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve breakfasts that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price breakfasts to eligible children.

(SMP) Special Milk Program

Special Milk Program (SMP)

Participating schools and institutions receive reimbursement from the USDA for each half pint of milk served. They must operate their milk programs on a non-profit basis. They agree to use the Federal reimbursement to reduce the selling price of milk to all children.

(SFSP) Summer Food Service Program

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

SFSP is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program. Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer. During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap.

(SNAP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) puts healthy food within reach for 28 million people each month via an EBT card used to purchase food at most grocery stores. Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.

(WIC) Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The WIC program serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

(FMNP) Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) recipients.

(SFMNP) Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program awards grants to States, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.


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