ing the “hunger-free zone” around town.
“When you come to church, you look
around and say, ‘Wow, this is a nice
area,’ ” Ruberry says. “South Kensington is very affluent. But just north of our
church, around Einstein High School
and along University Boulevard, there
are hidden pockets of poverty.” Ruberry
recalls delivering to a woman who lived
in a large, well-maintained house, and
realizing once he walked inside that
there were nine children living there,
and the fridge was bare.
Melissa was among the first residents
to call last fall. She was far from the only
one—since deliveries started in October
2013, drivers such as Kim Longsworth
have made more than 150 food deliveries.
“We may not be able to end hunger in
Nicaragua or Africa,” Snell says, “but we
can take ownership of 20895.”
WHEN HE MANAGED a Panera
Bread in Potomac in 2006, Brett Meyers
recalls seeing full crocks of soup being
dumped out and loaves upon loaves of
bread being thrown into the trash.
The waste, which he describes as “an
atrocity,” stuck with Meyers after he left
Panera and, in 2011, he quit his job at a
vending machine company and founded
Nourish Now, a nonprofit that recovers surplus food donated by restaurants,
caterers, bakeries and grocery stores and
distributes it to people in need in Montgomery County. He started by contacting
Panera and driving donated food from his
former workplace to food banks, shelters
and group homes nearby. Meyers drove
to low-income apartment complexes and
asked building managers to pass out meals,
approached people at bus stops, and even
knocked on doors in low-income neighborhoods to ask if residents knew anyone
who was in need of food assistance.
After six months, five restaurants were
routinely donating food, Meyers says. At
first, he found space to store surplus food
at The Universities at Shady Grove, but as
donations increased, he decided last year
to rent his own space in Rockville.
These days, Nourish Now has a refrigerated truck and four full-time employ-
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