News Release

Contact:         Brett Meyers


January 22, 2019

Nourish Now: One-man operation to full-fledged nonprofit, 2 million pounds of food later

ROCKVILLE, Md. —  Nourish Now started in 2011 with one man — Brett Meyers — behind the wheel of his Honda Civic, delivering food door-to-door to people in need in Montgomery County.

Meyers had an undeniable notion that his new food recovery plan would work. And he was right. Today, Nourish Now has just donated its 2 millionth pound of food to those who need it most in the Washington, DC area: families often going to bed hungry, many of whom live in shelters or are homeless.

“I’m astonished the way we have grown!” said Meyers. “I never dreamed that we would have collected this amount of food when I started. I just knew that I had to do something about the waste and hunger. I saw so much good food thrown out when I worked in the food industry.”

In order to donate food, Nourish Now collects prepared meals, fresh meat, produce, dairy, and baked and dry goods from grocers, caterers, farms and others local businesses. Saving this food before it goes to landfills also positively affects the environment by cutting greenhouse gases.

Nourish Now, which has grown to a busy food bank in Rockville, provides nutritious food to more than 700 families every month. Staff and volunteers process a monthly average of 45,000 pounds of food from more than 140 food providers.

County Executive, Ike Leggett proclaimed Nourish Now Day in April 2017 after the organization's first million pounds were donated. Only a year and a half later, and with a new strategy to focus their services in areas of greatest need, the second million pounds of food have been provided to students, families, the elderly, the homeless, and anyone in need in the DC metro region.

Ending Hunger Through Food Recovery   ⬩   301.330.0222   ⬩   1111 Taft Street   ⬩   Rockville, MD 20850   ⬩   Tax ID: 45-2404503