Got 1,000 pounds of chocolate milk? Brett Meyers knows a guy who can take it off your hands.
Meyers is the founder and director of Nourish Now, a food recovery organization in Rockville that is growing its reach and leading the charge for rescuing neglected leftovers in Montgomery County.
The nonprofit, which moved from Gaithersburg to Rockville in October, started in 2011. Nourish Now accepts donations of leftover food from restaurants and gives it to people in need and the organizations that serve them.
Nourish Now has added more donors and more organizations to receive food donations, Meyers said. In one instance, because of a mistake somewhere along the line, Nestle had too much chocolate milk on a shipment for Costco and ended up with an extra 1,000 pounds on its hands. Nestle donated the milk to Nourish Now, and Meyers and his team were able to distribute it to children in Montgomery County Public Schools and to an organization called So What Else, which runs free after-school programs.
Meyers said the new Nourish Now facility just got a walk-in refrigerator and a refrigerated van, which helps the organization recover more food.
“We are able to help a lot more people in need throughout Montgomery County,” he said.
Together with Jackie DeCarlo, executive director of Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, Meyers also co-chairs Montgomery’s Food Recovery Work Group, which raised the profile of rescuing food in the county. He hopes one day to have a database to help people find organizations that provide food throughout the county.
“We’re all trying to figure out the best ways to work together,” he said.
The organization also has expanded its On the House program, which treats families to a nice meal in a restaurant, free of charge. The program started with Quench in Rockville and has since expanded to include Cava Mezze in Rockville, Not Your Average Joe’s in Gaithersburg and Ricciuti’s Restaurant in Olney.
Nourish Now is at 1111 Taft St. in Rockville and online at nourishnow.org.