At the inception of Nourish Now, our Founder & Executive Director, Brett Meyers made it his mission to donate recovered food directly to families in need. Brett accomplished this by canvassing neighborhoods considered to be at the highest level of poverty, knocking on door after door and connecting with 150 households who became Nourish Now’s first client families.
Nourish Now serves a well-balanced 5-day supply of food to over 800 families monthly from our Rockville location.
If you are in need of food assistance, please call 301.330.0222 to schedule your appointment. Average wait time is 3 days in advance.
Continuing with Nourish Now’s Families First model, Nourish Neighborhoods is our newest program! Our satellite food distribution targets the most vulnerable neighborhoods using food insecurity data from Montgomery County’s website, FoodStat. Through this program we tackle barriers to food security, such as, food deserts, transportation, physical limitations, and more. We partner with health clinics, affordable housing complexes, local colleges, and more to expand our reach and bring food directly to families.
MCPS S.N.A.C.K. & Summer Meals Program
- Starting the 2018 school year, Nourish launched our Student Nutrition Access in Classes K-12 (S.N.A.C.K.) Initiative to combat in school hunger. Over 35,000 children in Montgomery County Public Schools lack adequate access to sufficient, healthy food. In addition, over 52,000 students receive Free and Reduced Priced Meals (FARMS). However, just over 50% do not attend the free breakfast program.
- Nourish Now’s S.N.A.C.K. Initiative was created to eliminate any barriers that hunger may have on students during each school day. Nourish Now provides healthy snacks including fresh produce during first period to ensure students do not face hunger before lunch. Nourish Now also supplies snacks for after-school programming since funding for these programs experienced budget cuts. Through our S.N.A.C.K. Initiative, over 1,500 students are provided with snacks weekly.
- Through our nonprofits, and local school summer camp partners, we provide healthy breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and beverages to over 5,000 kids in need each summer. These camps do not have the extra funding to supply food to their campers, so Nourish Now fills this gap.