Dear Kind Supporters,
I have had the great pleasure of watching our
Annual Fundraising Gala grow alongside our organization over the past five years. I revel in this opportunity to meet face-to-face with so many fantastic supporters to celebrate Nourish Now's accomplishments in food recovery over the past year.
around the corner, I wanted to share a quick story that highlights how far we have come as an organization. Let me take you back to May of 2011, Nourish Now, Week 1:
After filing all of the proper paperwork, it was time for our first official food recovery mission. I drove my Honda Accord (no Nourish Now van yet!) to Panera Bread in the Kentlands at 9pm on a Thursday night. Minutes later my car was filled to the ceiling with bags and bags of bakery items. Surrounded by the appetizing aroma of bread and bagels, I headed to a local shelter. Upon arriving I immediately felt a connection to the people, sharing quick and excited conversations about this perfectly fresh food that would have gone in the trash just an hour before. This very first Nourish Now donation sparked an array of emotions that set the course for our journey.
Now in 2016, we have a refrigerated reefer van and box truck dedicated strictly to the recovery of fresh food from over 130 restaurants, caterers and other types of food donors!
This amazing progress is due in large part to the generous support we receive during our Annual Gala and throughout the year.
"A Night in Vegas!" 2016
is focused on the expansion of our food warehouse and office space, as well as the hire of a full-time Social Worker to monitor the needs of each of over 500 families we serve monthly. We plan to double our food handling capacity, while developing a system specific to each family with a goal of achieving monthly food security. Tickets and sponsorships are currently available for this event. Please call 301-330-0222 for more information or visit our website.
Please join us Friday, June 3rd at
Lakewood Country Club
as we join together to set the course for another year in the battle against food waste and hunger! Thank you once again for your support and belief in our mission here at Nourish Now!
Founder & Executive Director