News and Events

         Awards and Recognition’s for KIND

  • ABOVE: The RE/MAX Magazine ‘Filling stomachs for a fulfilling life’ , 2012
  • Montgomery Matters with Greg Wims, 2012
  • Infiniti HR “Donates the Magic Number to Feed Hungry Kids in Montgomery County, Maryland,” 2012
  • JC Hayward Feature ‘Hero Central’ – WUSA Channel 9, 2013
  • Cardinal Bank Community Fund Awards Grant To Montgomery County Charity Kids In Need Distributors , 2012
  • Children’s Charity Foundation Star for Children Award, 2013
  • GCAAR Adam D Cockey Award finalist, 2013
  • Rotary International Certificate of Appreciation, 2013
  • Harris’ Heroes Award – WJLA Channel 7, 2014
  • Bethesda Magazine ‘The Hunger Fighters’, 2014
  • Montgomery Magazine ‘Charity Spotlight – Six County Residents Who Make A Difference’ 2015
  • Montgomery County Executive Isaiah Leggett Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to the Montgomery County Linkages to Learning program, 2016
  • Bethesda Big Train Baseball – Certificate of Recognition for service to Montgomery County, 2016
  • Baltimore Ravens Community Quarterback Award, 2016
  • GCAAR Steps Up to Help KIND, 2017
  • Montgomery Serves 2016 Individual Award, Maryland Congressional Certificate of Recognition, U.S. House of Representatives Certificate of Recognition, 2017
  • Montgomery County Board of Education Distinguished Service to Public Education Award, 2017
  • WHAG Interview on Local DMV, 2017
  • Fox 5 News feature on KIND, 2018
  • Harris’ Heroes Interview with NBC4 News Leon Harris, 2018
  • RE/MAX Agent Honored with the Good Neighbor Award, 2018
  • Above {The RE/MAX Magazine} Filling Stomachs for a Fulfilling Life, 2018
  • Market Insider Good Neighbor Award Press Release, 2018
  • National Association of Realtors – Good Neighbor Awards, 2018
  • WTOP Article & Interview with KIND, 2018
  • What’s Working In Washington Podcast featuring KIND, 2018
  • DC Metro Real Producers Magazine, 2019
  • DC Metro Real Producers 2019 Award for Outstanding Impact Award, 2019
  • Montgomery County Awards from the County Executives of Montgomery County, MD, 2019
  • Catalogue for Philantrophy: Greater Washington, 2019

KINDness Is Those Around Us

KIND and Walmart Giving

We are excited to announce that Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) received a grant from Walmart Giving! We can’t wait to use this grant to be able to purchase more food for the children of Montgomery County Public Schools.#BetterTogether #WalmartGiving #Walmart #EndChildhoodHunger

KIND’s 1st Delivery for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kind of hard to believe but school really does start next week for Montgomery County, MD and with that kicks off KIND’s 1st food delivery for the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking forward to another successful year of helping to feed our County’s neediest kids!

KIND’s 8th Annual BBQ & Crab Feast Donors

Allstate Foundation and KIND

A special thank you to Maureen Bardizbanian and Allstate for the grant Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) received today (06/26/2019) through the Allstate Foundation!

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington

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Kids In Need Distributors Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

As it Celebrates its 17th Anniversary Serving the Greater Washington Region, the Catalogue for Philanthropy is Proud to Honor Kids In Need Distributors

WASHINGTON, D.C.—5.28.2019—After a careful vetting process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) to be part of the Class of 2019-20. KIND has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 150+ local experts, and has met the Catalogue’s high standards. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support.  KIND’s mission is to provide food to Montgomery County Public School kids on the weekend in an effort to eliminate childhood hunger in the county.

This year the Catalogue celebrates its 17th anniversary: since its inception it has raised $40 million for nonprofits in the region. It also offers trainings and neighborhood-based opportunities for collaboration.

This year, reviewers helped select 78 nonprofits to feature in the print edition, 36 of which are new to the Catalogue this year. It also selected an additional 36 nonprofits to be re-featured on its website. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.

“People want to get involved in their community—they want to make a difference, close to home. Based on our rigorous review process, we believe that KIND is one of the best community-based nonprofits in the region,” says Matt Gayer, Director of Community and Nonprofit Development at the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

“In one of the richest counties in the richest country in the world, childhood hunger should not exist. Being in the Catalogue for Philanthropy will bring greater awareness to our efforts and provide incredible means for the community to be able to support our efforts.” – Jeremy Lichtenstein, President & Founder – KIND

The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. And they believe in KIND to continue to further that positive change, working each day to lift up, strengthen, and enrich our local community.



For the nonprofit:
Mark B. Epstein, Treasurer
301-347-1625 (o)
301-346-2711 (c)

For the Catalogue for Philanthropy:

Matt Gayer

May 29, 2019 – KIND’s Last Delivery for the 2018-2019 School Year

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A huge shoutout to each and every one of you in getting our last food delivery for the 2018-2019 school year accomplished this morning.
We continued to grow and expand this year. We went from feeding 1,895 students at the end of the 2017-18 school year to feeding 2,215 school kids at the end of the current school year. In addition, we fed an additional 670 summer school students as well today.
There is no way our organization can feed close to 3,000 kids in a year without having an absolutely wonderful group of dedicated, cheerful volunteers who answer the call and help make sure that the food gets delivered every six weeks throughout the school year so that kids who might not otherwise have very much food to eat on the weekends (or any at all) know that they will not have to worry about that and actually be able to enjoy their weekends like any normal kid.
I know that we always say thank you after every delivery and today is no exception, but also included in that is the thank yous from the nearly 3,000 kids that you helped feed over this last school year.

Montgomery County Awards 2019

Certificate 2019

The County Executive of Montgomery County, MD awarded this certificate to Kids In Need Distributors in recognition and appreciation of our valuable service to Montgomery County’s low-income residents and with appreciation for our support in helping to strengthen our community, “Helping People, Changing Lives.”

April 24, 2019 – KIND’s 3rd Food Delivery for 2019!

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Wow! What a difference only 5 weeks worth of food and cans of tuna instead of cans of black beans makes. We may have set a record this morning in having everything loaded up and everyone on their way by 9:00 a.m. It didn’t hurt that the weather was relatively cooperative this morning compared to the last two deliveries.
The slightly smaller, lighter load still does not change the fact that all of you combined to deliver food for over 2,200 kids today. That’s over 11,000 bags of food or more than 33,000 meals. All done this morning. That’s five more weekends for these kids of not having to worry about whether or not there will be enough food to eat. Your efforts today got that done. And that’s probably worth more than any of the ways we can come up with to say thank you.

Truman Charities & KIND

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Kids In Need Distributors would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to (in no particular order):

Truman Charities – for putting together yet another spectacular, enjoyable fundraiser to benefit KIND.

Tommy Joe’s – for hosting the event with grace and excellence and a stellar staff who made sure that the food and drink and atmosphere was all first rate.

Everyone who showed up – for your fantastic support and contributions, whether it was the raffle, the silent auction or the live auction that will all help to ensure that KIND can continue with its mission to strive to eliminate childhood hunger right here in Montgomery County.

DC Metro Real Producers 2019 Awards

DC Metro Real Producers 2019 Award

I am deeply honored to have received the DC Metro Real Producers 2019 Award for Top Real Producer in our community acknowledging my work in the real estate business as well as my efforts with my non-profit organization – Kids In Need Distributors (KIND). This award is especially poignant because it was voted by my fellow real estate agents. #TrulyGrateful

DC Metro Real Producers Thank you!

March 6, 2019 – KIND’s 2nd Food Delivery for 2019!

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The absolute bitter cold this morning was no match for the warm hearts and smiles that abounded as we completed another food delivery for KIND. Together, you all helped to deliver food for over 13,000 individual bags today. For whatever thanks we can say or write, it will never match that accomplishment. That’s 13,000 plus bags of food for the weekend that will be handed out to kids who might not otherwise have anything to eat over the weekend. Let that bring the warmth back to your cheeks and return feeling to your fingertips!
A tremendous job well done! And an additional thanks to all of you who got to Costco a few minutes early to participate in the Hear The Maryland Crunch promotion to bring awareness to school breakfast programs. #HearTheCrunch 

B-CC High School & Whitman High School Students Help KIND

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B-CC High School and Whitman High School students join together to help pack the KIND individual weekend food bags for Rock Creek Forest Elementary School.

KIND and KMZ Foundation

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Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) would like to extend a huge heartfelt THANK YOU to the KMZ Foundation for their generous grant in support of our program. KMZ Foundation has joined us in the belief that no child should ever go hungry, thus helping to ensure that KIND will continue to feed food-insecure children on the weekends right here in Montgomery County, MD.

January 23, 2019 – KIND’s 1st Food Delivery for 2019!

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Temperatures hovering around freezing.
Making sure to get a delivery to a church before a funeral was scheduled to start.
At least 10 volunteers joining our merry food delivery band for the first time today.
Construction vehicles in the parking lot.
Last minute changes.

None of this mattered, nor affected the warm wonderful attitudes and enjoyment of helping to feed Montgomery County’s neediest kids today! The food was taken out of Costco, loaded into the vehicles and everyone on their way to the schools or other delivery locations by 9:07 today, which is a new KIND record!! A few remarked that it was just a desire to get out of the cold as quickly as possible, but no matter… you all were amazing this morning. A tremendous thank you and a job well done to each and every one of you in helping to make this delivery go as smoothly as it did! And far more important than our thanks, the kids you help feed every weekend thank you as well.


Turning KIND Red For The Holidays Final

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Happy New Year! We hope that it was a festive and joyous holiday season for all of you. To everyone who contributed to our Year-End Campaign – THANK YOU! You helped us shatter our goal by more than $16,000 and set a new end-of-year fundraising record. Your contributions help ensure that KIND will continue to be able to provide weekend meals to Montgomery County’s neediest kids.

If you missed the opportunity to donate during our campaign, don’t worry. Hunger issues don’t go away just because the holidays are over and neither does our need to continue to be able to feed these kids. You can start 2019 off with a tax-deductible donation to KIND!

If you would like to make a donation, you can donate by credit card or check.

To donate by credit card, please go to our website: and click on the “Donate To KIND” tab at the top of the home page.

To donate by check, make check payable to “Kids In Need Distributors” or “KIND” and mail to:

6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

If you have any questions about donating, please contact our treasurer – Mark Epstein – by phone: 301-347-1625 or email:

DC Metro Real Producers Magazine January 2019 Issue

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KIND and I are extremely honored to be featured on the cover of this month’s January 2019 issue of DC Metro Real Producers Magazine. It is a labor of love to be able to make a real difference here in our community and we would like to thank Kristin Brindley and the rest of the staff for their recognition and publication of our efforts. Read the article below.

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December 5, 2018 – Last Food Delivery of 2018!

Elsa’s got nothing on you folks! Thirty degree temps with a wind chill dipping into the teens did nothing to stop the warm attitudes of all of you as we successfully made another food delivery yesterday. Whether is was everything going right or everyone moving a little quicker to get out of the cold, the food was wheeled out of Costco, loaded into the vehicles and everyone off to his/her respective schools in under 20 minutes yesterday!

Today’s delivery was for more than 13,000 weekend bags of food. That doesn’t happen without the wonderful efforts made by all of you.

We here at KIND would also like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season, whatever holiday(s) you choose to celebrate. That was our last delivery for the 2018 calendar year. Looking forward to seeing all of you again for an even better 2019.


KIND Donating 100 Turkeys

Turkey Delivery 2018

KIND handed out 100 turkeys to needy families in Montgomery County. No one should have to worry about feeding their family; especially during the holiday season. Let us all continue to spread love and support that extends beyond the holidays!

What’s Working In Washington Podcast featuring KIND

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The eight-minute episode features an interview with Jeremy Lichtenstein where he describes his initial reason for starting KIND, what made him successful at the beginning and his plans for growing KIND.

What’s Working In Washington Podcast

Turning KIND Red For The Holidays Update


Amount raised Nov 21-30, 2018:  $2,678
Total amount raised to date:  $16,065
Year-end Goal: $40,000

As we continue to inch closer to our Year-end Campaign goal, we heartily thank everyone who has contributed so far! As we shift now fully into the holiday season, we here at KIND hope it’s a wonderful time for all of you. And while you enjoy the festivities of the season, from the holiday parties to the gatherings to the gift giving, we ask that you pause a moment and consider those kids right here in our community who are more concerned about whether they will have enough food to eat on the weekend than about what gift they might get. Your contributions to KIND are helping to ensure that 2,200 kids in Montgomery County have food to take home every weekend during the school year. We can’t accomplish this without your generosity.

If you would like to make a donation to our year-end campaign, you can donate by credit card or check.

To donate by credit card, please go to our website: and click on the “Donate To KIND” tab at the top of the home page.

To donate by check, make check payable to “Kids In Need Distributors” or “KIND” and mail to:

6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

If you have any questions about donating, please contact our treasurer – Mark Epstein – by phone: 301-347-1625 or email:

WTOP’s Article & Interview with our Founder of KIND

Check out this latest article and audio about Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) from WTOP!

WTOP’s Article of KIND

Giving Tuesday 2018

Be KIND Giving Tuesday Message

#GivingTuesday is more than just a hashtag; it’s an opportunity to help those in need through our donations and actions. This year we hope that you will consider donating to Kids In Need Distributors.

KIND has been working diligently to end childhood hunger in our community by providing weekend nourishment to kids in the Free And Reduced Meal program. Your donations go directly to purchasing food products and are 100% tax deductible.

If you would like to donate by credit card, simply click the button below. If you would prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to ‘Kids In Need Distributors’ or ‘KIND’ and mail to:

Kids In Need Distributors
6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

Turning KIND Red For The Holidays Update


Amount raised Nov 12-20, 2018:  $1,930
Total amount raised to date:  $13,387
Year-end Goal: $40,000

Our year-end campaign continues to grow as we have now turned the 2nd branch of our logo red. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! If you haven’t donated yet, think about the Thanksgiving feast you are about to sit down to. Now think about the nearly 2,200 kids that KIND feeds every week. We can only keep feeding these kids with your support!

If you would like to make a donation to our year-end campaign, you can donate by credit card or check. And please remember: Giving Tuesday is next Tuesday, November 27th.

To donate by credit card, please go to our website: and click on the “Donate To KIND” tab at the top of the home page.

To donate by check, make check payable to “Kids In Need Distributors” or “KIND” and mail to:

6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

If you have any questions about donating, please contact our treasurer – Mark Epstein – by phone: 301-347-1625 or email:

National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award 

Thank You Message

Let’s Turn KIND Red For The Holidays!

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As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is time for Kids In Need Distributor’s (KIND) annual donation drive. Whether it is in the spirit of the season or making sure you make those tax-deductible contributions before the year ends, we here at KIND simply ask that you include us in the charities you donate to at this time.

In the nearly seven years that KIND has been in existence, we have prided ourselves on continually being able to grow and expand the number of kids we feed. We are currently feeding nearly 2,200 kids in 26 different schools in Montgomery County, MD. KIND has never refused a request to increase the number of kids we feed.

However, with the rising cost of food and the ever-increasing demand for our services, that record is getting more & more difficult to maintain. Your donations help us maintain this policy. Therefore, our end-of-year campaign is vitally important.

Our goal this year is to raise $40,000 between November 1 and December 31. Please donate whatever you can; every donation helps! You can use this link to donate by credit card: or you can donate by check, payable to ‘KIND’ and mail to:

Kids In Need Distributors
6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

KIND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (IRS ID: 80-0789869) and all donations are fully tax-deductible. If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact our treasurer, Mark Epstein – 301-347-1625 (o) or email –

October 24, 2018 – KIND Food Delivery

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To All the Volunteers who helped deliver food this morning:

For those of you who may not be aware, today is Unity Day, with the catchphrase “KINDness, acceptance, inclusion”.

I can’t think of a better example of Unity Day than the tremendous efforts all of you provided this morning in delivering food for nearly 2200 kids who are on the FARM program in Montgomery County.

That’s it. No long speeches or statistics today. Just a nod to each and every one of you as a perfect example of Unity Day and a Thank You! from KIND.

National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards 2018 Winners


Congratulations to Jeremy Lichtenstein, winner of the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2018 Good Neighbor Award. Watch a video of how he built a nonprofit that feeds more than 2,100 children who might not have had enough food on the weekends.

2018 Press Release Good Neighbor Awards Oct 2 2018

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RE/MAX Headquarters Congratulates KIND’s Founder

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Market Insider Press Release of Good Neighbor Awards 2018

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Realtor Good Neighbor Award Finalists Honored

National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards 2018

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We are proud to announce Jeremy Lichtenstein, the founder of Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) is a finalist for the National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards for his work with KIND. Each year ten realtors nationwide are recognized for their extraordinary volunteer work. It’s an honor for Jeremy to be part of such a great group of realtors working hard to make our world a better place. Please vote for Jeremy as the Web Choice Winner so he can receive an additional donation for KIND!

Good Neighbor Awards

KIND’s 7th Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Silent Auction

On your mark, get set, BID! Here is a current list of amazing donations for our Crab Feast’s Silent Auction.

Crab Feast 2018 Auction Items

Montgomery County Council and KIND Come Together

Check out our latest and greatest video about KIND

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KIND’s 7th Annual Crab/Fajita Feast & Silent Auction 

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Finalist in the 2018 Moxie Award

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Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) is pleased to have been named a finalist in the 2018 Moxie Award.

Finalist were recently announced by Sarah Cody, the 2018 Moxie Award executive chairwoman.

“We received an unprecedented number of entries,” Cody said. “We look forward to revealing the winners at the 2018 Moxie Award celebration on October 11th at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.”

A complete list of finalist can be found at Moxie Awards.

Fox 5 News feature on KIND

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Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) was incredibly fortunate to be featured by Leon Harris on NBC4 News “Harris’ Heroes” segment last week. Getting the word out on what we do and what we are trying to accomplish is always helpful. If you didn’t get the chance to see the broadcast, here is the link.

NBC4 News Harris’ Heroes

NBC4 News feature on KIND

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KIND and NBC4 News’ Leon Harris sit down to chat. The news segment will air on Friday, May 11th in the 5:00 p.m. news hour. Be sure to tune in!

Annual Truman Charities Fundraiser 2018

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Thank you all for donating to our Annual Truman Charities Fundraiser to benefit Kids In Need Distributors (KIND)! Daikaya Shaw Modern MarketMuse Paintbar – Gaithersburg Normandie Farm Restaurant Rocking Bird Flower Co. solidcore Total Wine & More TRUEBODY Bethesda Truman Charities #TrulyGrateful #KIND #EndChildhoodHunger 

Fox 5 News feature on KIND

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Today was an amazing day for Kids In Need Distributors (KIND). We can’t thank #Fox5DC enough for the outstanding segment that they put together about KIND. Also, a tremendous thank you to #EasternMotors for their donation, the gas cards and the t-shirts. If you missed the segment on TV, here is the link so you can see it. And of course, a huge thank you to our donors, volunteers and supporters for making this possible.

Fox 5 News – Pay It Forward

January 24, 2018 – KIND’s 1st Food Delivery for 2018!

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It was a chilly morning in January at the Costco in Wheaton, Maryland, before the store even opened, when about 50 cars began lining up in front of the store. The drivers and passengers– more than 60 volunteers in all—emerged from their cars, clearly on a mission.

They marched into the store, where grocery carts were already packed with food and labeled with a designated school where the groceries were to be delivered. Picking the cart with their assigned school, they swarmed back outside, making a beeline back to their cars, packing every available space with the goods.

It took only 28 minutes to pick up 88,000 items for local schools in Montgomery County. That’s the power of a dedicated group of men and women who volunteer for KIND—Kids In Need Distributors—a non-profit organization that delivers food to schools across Montgomery County. Each Friday, school staff members discretely slip those items—sustenance for the weekend—into the backpacks of needy students. Items include canned tuna, cans of black beans, breakfast bars, applesauce and more. It’s a mission based on the belief that one of America’s wealthiest counties must not tolerate child hunger.

Every 6 weeks volunteers repeat the process of picking up and delivering carloads of non-perishable food to schools. It’s a job many of them are glad to do.

Steve Schultze and Julie Bishop were busily loading their cars that morning. “We were shocked that so many kids need the food,” said Steve.

Another volunteer, Don Stanley, is a “long-timer,” having worked with KIND for 6 years, often bringing his sons. When asked what motivates him, he said “giving back to the community. The more contributions we get, the more kids we can serve.”

Volunteer Karen Monsein had kudos for Jeremy Lichtenstein, who started KIND. “It’s such a great thing he does,” said Karen.

Jeremy started KIND as a one-person operation. Six years later, KIND has over 120 volunteers, serves 25 schools, close to 2,000 students and has provided over a million meals since its inception. Mark Epstein, treasurer for KIND, said the operation went smoothly, as always. “Even though it was on the chilly side, the weather cooperated, with no rain. Despite the fact that we had a few new faces, everything went according to plan.”

Visit to donate or send a check, payable to Kids In Need Distributors and mail it to:

6917 Arlington Road
Suite 302
Bethesda, MD 20814

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October 25, 2017 – KIND Food Delivery

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Every six weeks we deliver food to area schools for kids on the Free & Reduced Meal Program who may not have much to eat on weekends. Today we made our second delivery of the school year, and we’re so thankful for all who volunteered to pick up and deliver food items! #Thankyou #KINDfeeds

May 31, 2017 – KIND’s Last Food Delivery for 2016-2017 School Year

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GCAAR Steps Up to Help KIND


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KIND Honored by Montgomery County Board of Education

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We are so excited about the continued growth, support, and recognition of Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) this year!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Maryland Montgomery County Board of Education has selected KIND as the recipient for the Distinguished Service to Public Education Award in the category of Community Group.

This annual award was established to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, groups, and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to public education in Montgomery County. We were presented with the award during a special program and reception at the Carver Educational Services Center on Thursday May 4, 2017.

Again, we’re so thankful for the continued support, and look forward to serving even more kids in our community!

KIND & Truman Charities in the News

Check out this WHAG report on Truman Charities and their consistent efforts in supporting KIND:

Baltimore Ravens Honor Jeremy and KIND

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals on November 27, 2016.

The Baltimore Ravens have honored KIND as one of the team’s Community Quarterback Award recipients. Funded by the NFL Foundation and the Ravens Foundation, Inc., the award “honors individuals who exhibit leadership, dedication and commitment to bettering their local communities.” Jeremy and co-winner Gina Truesdale of Casey Cares – Hammy’s Heart took the field during a Raven game at M&T Bank Stadium Nov. 27. The honor came with a grant of $3,500 for each organization.

Community Quarterback Award 2016

KIND’s 5th Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Save The Date 2016

Have you saved the date for our 5th Annual Crab and Fajita Feast Fundraiser? We’d love to see you in September!

KIND’s 4th Food Delivery for 2016 – May 25, 2016

Great having County Councilmember George Leventhal come out this morning to provide a few words of encouragement to all of our volunteers and then help out with the loading of all the food into our vehicles for the final food delivery of the 2015-2016 school year!

KIND’s 3rd Food Delivery for 2016 – April 13, 2016

We’re getting ready for another food delivery tomorrow! Thank you for all of your support -all of your donations go directly to purchasing food for the kids!

Linkages to Learning and KIND – April 12, 2016

Linkages To Learning serves more than 29 schools, offering programs to help reduce the effect of poverty and other extracurricular issues on the academic process. They are very necessary to the community and we at KIND are honored to have been recognized by them and Montgomery County Public Schools for our contributions! Let’s continue to work together to #EndChildhoodHunger!!

KIND’s Facebook Page

Thank you, and keep spreading the word about KIND and our mission to end childhood hunger in the community!

KIND & Truman Charities Silent Auction/Live Auction Event 2016

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Thank you Truman Charities for helping KIND raise an incredible $20,000 to go directly to helping food insecure kids in our community!

A Special Guest on Delivery Day


Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal joined KIND’s volunteers to provide a few words of encouragement and then help out with the loading of all the food into our vehicles for the final food delivery of the 2015-2016 school year.

KIND is truly Grateful!

We appreciate community businesses like Grosvenor Market Inc., who have supported us with donations & volunteer time to help end childhood hunger. What a difference you are making in Montgomery County MD!

KIND & the Montgomery County Council

We’re grateful to have received a grant from the Montgomery County MD Council to go towards purchasing food for the kids! This is the 2nd year in a row that they have generously supported us!

KIND’s 2nd Food Delivery for 2016

This week we completed another successful KIND delivery to schools in our community! Our last two deliveries of the school year will be April 13th and May 25th. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers!

KIND Upped Our Schools

We are now partnered with 23 schools in Montgomery County, serving over 1,350 children to make sure that they do not miss a meal on weekends. We at KIND hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season! Thank you for your help making this a great year!

KIND Donated Turkeys!

KIND just dropped off 45 turkeys today at a Montgomery County School so that 45 more families in our county can have a Happy Thanksgiving!

KIND’s 4th Annual Crab & Fajita Feast

What an incredible event!? Thanks so much for those in attendance, the donors and congratulations to our silent auction winners! We raised a lot of money to feed kids in our community!

KIND’s 4th Annual Crab & Fajita Feast

We appreciate the Metro Bethesda Rotary Club for supporting KIND and donating to our 4th Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser in order to feed kids in need in our community!

KIND’s Read-It Club

56 kids read 10 books & completed their reading journals for Jeremy’s Read-It Club! Today we delivered their prize bags containing a t shirt, visor, reading lamp, stickers & more!

KIND Speaks to The Rotary Club of Rockville

Jeremy speaks to the Rotary Club of Rockville about KIND!

KIND’s Ribbon Cutting

We’re grateful for businesses like Sandy Spring Bank that make an effort to always give back to their community. As part of the ribbon cutting ceremonies of their newest branch on Wisconsin Ave in Bethesda, KIND was presented with a check for $1,000!

Make A Difference In Your Community

We love to hear from individuals who want to make a difference in their own communities! We recently spoke with Deirdre, mother of 9, who wants to sponsor a school in Prince George’s County!! Keep up the good work & let’s continue to end childhood hunger!

The KIND Program White House Film Festival 2015

We love to see kids get involved in service to others! Check out and share this video featuring KIND at Garrett Park Elementary.

The KIND Program White House Film Festival 2015

Truman Charities Fundraiser for KIND 2015

A huge thank you to Truman Charities, who raised $22,000 for Kids In Need Distributors at the fundraiser party on February 28th. We’re excited about all of the kids we will be able to feed with these additional funds!!

KIND 1st Food Delivery for 2015 Update!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who will be assisting as we make our first food delivery of the year! Twenty schools will be receiving food to feed kids for the next 6 weekends.

KIND’s Facebook Page

Wow! KIND now has over 3,000 fans on Facebook!

But we want you to do MORE than just like us –comment on & share our posts to bring even more awareness to childhood hunger. With continued support we’ll be able to feed even more kids!

KIND Donated Turkeys *Gobble* *Gobble*

This Thanksgiving season, KIND has donated 50 turkeys to Montgomery County residents in need. Many people in our community face the issue of hunger; be thankful for every meal and help others when you can!

We’ve Got A Problem

In the wealthiest state in the country (MD), more than 27% of children are living in poverty. Nearly 21% of households with children struggle to obtain enough food to provide regular, healthy meals for their family.

Our mission is to lower these stats!

KIND’s Read-It Club

WOW! 200 Kids from Broad Acres Elementary School are participating in our Read-It Club!

KIND’s Added A New School

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a NINETEENTH school to the program! We’ll now be providing weekend meals to the kids at Sargent Shriver ES Elementary School!

KIND’s 2nd Delivery for the 2014-2015 School Year

A huge thanks to our volunteers for helping us make our 2nd food delivery of the school year today! We provided 6 weekends worth of food to 18 schools, feeding over a thousand kids in our community!

KIND’s 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser Update

Thank you everyone for attending our 3rd Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser! The event was a huge success and will benefit so many kids in our community!

KIND’s 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser Update

We’re only a couple hours away from our 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser!! See you soon!

KIND’s 1st Food Delivery for the 2014-2015 School Year

Today KIND made its first delivery of the school year to 18 schools in Montgomery County! That’s 1,000 kids with the hygiene products and food that they’ll need to get the year started off right! Thank you for all of your support! 100% of your donations allow us to purchase all of this food to go directly to the kids we serve! Visit to learn more.

KIND’s Sponsorship’s for our 3rd Annual Crab 

KIND would like to thank the Bethesda location of Bray and Scarff for their Gold Sponsorship of our 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser coming up on September 13th!

It’s great to see businesses involved in their communities!

KIND’s Facebook Page

KIND now has 2,000 likes! As always, we’re so thankful for all of your support in helping end childhood hunger in our community! Please continue to share our message & spread the word about Kids In Need Distributors!

KIND’s 2013-2014 Food/Hygiene Delivery

KIND is gearing up for the 2013-14 school year once again! Every year, our first delivery includes not only food for the children, but hygiene items such as: toothbrush, comb, shampoo, etc. to get them ready for the school year!


We’re so happy to see that the KIND inspired program, FORKS, is doing so well in Carroll County MD! Read more about the work they’re doing here:

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Airy

KIND Is Expanding!

KIND is expanding! We’re now providing food to 17 schools in the upcoming 2014-2015 school year! That’s almost 1,000 kids being fed in Montgomery County!

KIND’s Summer Program 2014

This year KIND made its inaugural summer program food delivery to 7 different schools, feeding nearly 400 kids on the weekends this summer!

Montgomery Magazine ‘Charity Spotlight’

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Read the article that puts a spotlight on KIND!

Charity Spotlight – KIND

KIND’s Last Food Delivery for the 2013-2014 School Year

Tomorrow, KIND makes its last food delivery of the 2013-14 school year! Thanks to all of YOU for making this possible. With your support, we are now feeding kids in 16 schools and also start our summer food program in June!

Bethesda Magazine ‘The Hunger Fighters’

Bethesda Magazine

Read the article that features KIND in the September/October 2014 issue of Bethesda Magazine.

The Hunger Fighters

KIND’s Save The Date for our 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser – September 13, 2014

Every year we look forward to hosting this awesome event to raise funds for the upcoming school year! Mark 9/13 on your calendars to attend our 3rd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast!

Thank You Councilmember Nancy! – March 2014

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen blogged about KIND. We truly appreciate your support. Thank you Nancy!

Do you know about this relatively new non-profit organization whose primary focus is to end childhood hunger here in Montgomery County? Kids In Need Distributors provides children who are on the federal Free And Reduced Meal Program with nutritious foods on the weekends, when FARM is not available. Every six weeks, KIND volunteers meet at the store, pick up six weeks worth of food for participating schools and deliver the food to the schools. The schools then arrange to pack the individual bags and give them discretely to the kids every Friday to take home. In just two years, the program has grown from feeding 35 kids in one school to approximately 900 kids in 15 schools. The program is 100 percent volunteer based, with no paid positions at all, so all of donations go directly to the purchase of food for the kids. Stay tuned for an upcoming summer food program, too.

KIND and Heartfelt Words

Heartfelt words like these are what keep us going!! You never know how much something as simple as a bag of food can change someone’s life! Thank you all for your support in helping us feed kids in our community.

Truman Charities KIND Charity Party

A huge thank you to Truman Charities who threw a party to raise funds for Kids In Need Distributors! We were able to raise nearly $18,000 to go directly towards feeding the kids in our community!

KIND Featured on WJLA-TV News Segment

Anchor Leon Harris featured Jeremy and KIND on a Harris’ Heroes segment. That kind of recognition of our mission and work is certainly both welcome and gratifying. Even more special was this email Jeremy received shortly after the segment aired, from a parent named Jackie: “I wanted to take the time to say thank you for what you are doing! My son receives the food every Friday and it is such a big help for us. He comes home excited to pull out his bag. Being a single mother of three with a part time job living pay check to check puts me in a very stressful situation. It’s people like you like that touch my heart and really put tears in my eyes for helping children. So thank you and God bless!”

Read the story here.

Watch the story here.

KIND and ABC 7 News – WJLA

This week’s food delivery was taped by ABC 7 News – WJLA! We’re honored to be featured on the Harris’ Heroes segment, airing soon!

KIND and the MOMs Club of Montgomery Village

Mark your calendars! This Wednesday 2/19 from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., the MOMs Club of Montgomery Village is hosting a fundraiser at Potomac Pizza in Gaithersburg, MD with the proceeds going to Kids In Need Distributors that will help feed hungry kids in our community.

Be KIND This Valentine’s Day

Have a heart this Valentine’s Day and donate to feed hungry kids in our community! 100% of proceeds go to the kids.

KIND’s New Summer Program – February 2014

KIND is excited to announce that it will be starting a summer program this year! We will be providing weekend meals to 500 kids over the course of their summer break from school

KIND and Children’s Charities Foundation Coat Drive – January 30, 2014

Today Jeremy picked up 100 coats donated by Children’s Charities Foundation to be dropped off to kids in need!

KIND with the MLK Service Day Fair

It was awesome participating in the 2014 MLK Service Day Fair hosted by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center! There were over 40 organizations in attendance, and a lot of youth and adults volunteering their time! We were packing snow day boxes for Meals on Wheels!

KIND and the Carroll County Kiwanis Club

Jeremy meets with the Carroll County Kiwanis Club and staff of Mount Airy Elementary school. The club will be providing food for weekends for kids who are on the Free and Reduced Meal Plan. We’re so glad to see our vision expand to other counties!

KIND’s 1st Food Delivery for 2014

Today we completed our first food delivery of 2014! A special thanks goes to ALL of the volunteers who take time out of their schedules to help out!

KIND during our Holiday Season!

Happy Holidays from Kids In Need Distributors & thanks for all of your support!

KIND and the Stars For Children Award on behalf of Children’s Charities Foundation – December 2013

Jeremy was honored to receive the Stars For Children Award on behalf of Children’s Charities Foundation due to his extraordinary and tireless efforts for his nonprofit, Kids In Need Distributors!

KIND and the Oklahoma Sooners – December 2013

KIND was given the wonderful opportunity to participate in a community service project hosted by Children’s Charities Foundation. Safeway donated 500 bags of groceries to KIND, and the Oklahoma men’s basketball team volunteered to load them up for delivery to families in need!

KIND’s Turkey Delivery

During this upcoming season of thanksgiving, no family should sit at an empty table. This year, KIND is donating 50 turkeys to young mothers in the Montgomery County school system.

KIND & Profit Investments

We are so thankful for businesses like Profit Investments, that are involved in their communities!

This year at the 3rd Annual Profit Golf Classic, they were able to raise an INCREDIBLE $25,000.00 for KIND! Thank You!

KIND & metroBethesda Rotary Club

A huge thank you goes out to Metro Bethesda Rotary Club for their generous donation to KIND! Thank you for your support.

KIND & The Kiwanis Club of Mt. Airy, Maryland

After speaking at the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Airy, Maryland about Kids In Need Distributors last week, they were inspired to adopt a school in their community of Howard County, MD to deliver food for kids in need! No child should go hungry, and it’s up to all of us to spread awareness!!

KIND’s Facebook Page

300 likes on Facebook!! You guys are amazing!

Let’s keep spreading the word about KIND!

KIND’s 2nd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser Sponsors

KIND’s 2nd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast


Thanks to your support, our 2nd Annual Crab and Fajita Feast Fundraiser was a HUGE success!

KIND’s 2nd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Update

KIND’s 2nd Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser starts in one hour! See you tonight!

2nd Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser Update

KIND would like to thank Bethesda Magazine, Casleigh Consulting, Counselors Title, LLC, Congressional Bank, Grosvenor Market Inc., Kehoe/Schultz Builders, Nash Family, Ober Kaler in the Community, Paragon Title & Escrow Company, PCC Construction Components, Print 1, RE/MAX Realty Services, Selzer Gurvitch and the Truman Cleary Group for their Platinum sponsorships at our 2nd Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser on September 28th! Your support will help feed lots of kids in our community!

KIND’s Delivery Date Appreciation – September 2013

Messages like this make it all worthwhile!

“Thank you so much for the delivery today. It came and we put it away just fine… I know the kids will love receiving the bag of hygiene items as well. What a wonderful way to start the year.

With much appreciation,

Lake Seneca”

KIND’s 1st Food/Hygiene Delivery 2013-2014 School Year

The first delivery of the school year is a special one; we add important hygiene items to each bag. This year we packed 600 bags that included floss, soap, shampoo, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a hairbrush in order to help kids prepare for school!

Thank you!! – August 2013

Thanks to your support, KIND continues to grow. In only 20 months, we went from feeding 35 kids to feeding over 700 kids.

KIND 2012-2013 School Delivery Update – July 9, 2013

KIND provided 50,000 meals during the 2012-2013 school year! We hope to feed even more kids with your continued support.

KIND Featured In……

KIND featured in the Children’s Charities Foundation booklet as a 2013 grant recipient!

Truman Charities & KIND’s 1st Annual Fundraiser – June 2013

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A huge thank you to Truman Charities & The Truman Cleary Group for the incredible event they hosted on Saturday, June 15th! KIND was able to raise a significant amount of donations and created more awareness for the issue of childhood hunger in Montgomery County MD.

Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) and Host Hotels & Resorts


Thanks to Feeding Children Everywhere (FCE) & the volunteers at Host Hotels & Resorts, KIND is receiving 15,000 meals to be distributed to Kids In Need!

Cardinal Bank Community Fund Awards Grant 

Receiving Check

KIND receives another grant from the Cardinal Bank Community Fund! See the article below.

Cardinal Bank Community Fund

Children’s Charities Foundation Grant

Childrens Charity Foundation Logo

Just received notification that KIND has been selected to receive a 2013 grant from Children’s Charities Foundation!

Child Wanted Donations Instead Of Presents For Her Birthday – April 12, 2013

Jordan & Jeremy

Montgomery County Public School student Jordan opted for donations to KIND for her 11th birthday dance party instead of traditional gifts!

KIND Words on Twitter

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We appreciate the appreciation! Don’t forget to follow @KINDinMD on Twitter!

KIND Words

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“I wish I were wealthier, but please accept the enclosed as my support for your efforts”

I appreciate ALL support! KIND is so thankful for everything donated -100% of which goes to feeding the kids!

Did You Tune In To See KIND On WUSA 9?


A huge thank you to JC Hayward for featuring KIND on WUSA 9 today! Did you see the segment? We did!!

Tune In To See KIND!


KIND will be on TV!

Tune in to WUSA Channel 9 at 12:00pm on Monday, February 18, 2013 to see our “Hero Central” segment with JC Hayward!!

It will also air at 5:00 pm on Monday & 5:00 am Tuesday; and we’ll be sure to post the segment on our website!

KIND’s 6th Food Delivery – February 14, 2013

VDay Food Delivery

Happy Valentine’s Day!

KIND is spreading love by delivering food to 12 schools today to ensure that kids have meals for the weekends until our next delivery in 6 weeks

KIND’s 1st Food Delivery for the New Year (5th Overall for the 2012-2013 School Year)  – January 30, 2013

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KIND’s Interview with WUSA Channel 9

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KIND was interviewed by news channel 9 to be featured on JC Hayward’s segment, “Hero Central”.

WUSA Channel 9 & KIND – January 22, 2013

WUSA9 Washington

Today we revealed that Kids In Need Distributors will be interviewed by WUSA Channel 9’s JC Hayward for a special segment on our nonprofit! She will accompany us on our next food delivery on January 30, 2013. We’ll be sure to let you know when the program airs!

Children’s Charities Foundation Winter Coat Donation – January 15, 2013

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KIND was given an opportunity to partner with Children’s Charities Foundation, BB&T, and Lord & Taylor to pick up 50 great quality coats and deliver them to kids in need at Broad Acres Elementary.

KIND’s 1st Food Order for the 2013 School Year – January 7, 2013

Today I placed a food order that will feed 100 kids at Broad Acres Elementary for 8 weekends. Keep in mind, about 670 of their students -95%, are on the Free and Reduced Meal Plan.

KIND’s 2012 Reflections

2012 was amazing! We started out in January with 35 kids in one school, and ended the year in 13 schools with nearly 600 kids!

Thank you for your support, let’s make 2013 even GREATER!

KIND’s 4th Food Delivery – December 12, 2012

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“Hi Jeremy: Just wanted to thank you again for your generosity. The large amount of food that you delivered this morning will help feed many of our families during the winter break and beyond… This partnership is exactly what my community needs and I know that it will make an immediate impact on the lives of our families. I can’t thank you enough.” -Luis San Sebastian, Acting Principal, Broad Acres Elementary School.

Infiniti HR & KIND


A HUGE thank you to Infiniti HR for their donation of the ‘magic number’ to provide food for one student every weekend for the entire year!!

“That’s what this season is all about; helping others,” Infiniti HR CEO Scott Smrkovski said. “We’ve started a ‘go local’ campaign for 2013 and we’re beyond excited to be KIND and help children right here in our community enjoy their weekends without stress, discomfort or anxiety.”

Infiniti HR Donates To KIND

KIND Words

JDs Letter To Jeremy

KIND words like these keep me encouraged and motivated. I’m so appreciative of the support… it’s all for the Kids In Need!

Generosity Feeds and KIND 


On November 18, 2012, KIND did some work with Generosity Feeds and in 2 hours. we packaged 10,000 meals going to 2 of the schools that KIND serves.

KIND’s 3rd Food Delivery – November 14, 2012

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Today we made our 3rd food delivery of the 2012-2013 school year! We’ll be dropping off 6 weeks worth of food to ten Elementary Schools in Montgomery County!

KIND Is Growing – November 2012 Update!

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KIND has added another school, Broad Acres Elementary, to the program -another 100 students will benefit from the food we provide every weekend!

KIND Is Growing – October 2012 Update!

In the last month, KIND has added 150 more children to the KIND program. Thank you for your continued support!

KIND’s 1st Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser

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A big thank you to everyone who attended and who donated to our first fundraiser! It was a huge success, and thanks to your generosity, KIND will be able to feed many more children in Montgomery County! See all the pictures from our event below.

KIND’s 1st Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser Pictures

KIND’s 1st Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser – Save The Date

KIND’s 1st Annual Crab & Fajita Feast Fundraiser is this Saturday at 6:30 pm. All food provided by Cantler’s Riverside and Uncle Julio’s! And I hope you like Italian Ice, because Carmen’s Italian Ice & Cafe will be providing the sweet treats for KIND’s fundraiser this weekend!

Thank You For Donating!

KIND would like to thank Castlewood Custom Builders, Congressional Bank, Counselors Title, LLC, Grosvenor Market, Inc., Paragon Title & Escrow Company and RE/MAX Realty Services for their donations and support!

KIND’s 1st Food Delivery – August 24, 2012

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Today I’m making my first KIND food delivery to 6 schools for the 2012-2013 school year!

Montgomery Matters with Greg Wims

Montgomery Matters

Jeremy Lichtenstein sits with Montgomery Matters host, Greg Wims, to talk about his charity Kids In Need Distributors (KIND) and the impact the organization is having on Montgomery County, MD Schools

Montgomery Matters with Greg Wims – Part 1

Montgomery Matters with Greg Wims – Part 2

Montgomery Matters with Greg Wims – Part 3

Above: The RE/MAX Magazine Update

Another RE/MAX agent saw KIND’s article in ‘Above: The RE/MAX Magazine’ and is starting his own food delivery service in Utah. It feels great to see our impact spreading!

Above: The RE/MAX Magazine article about KIND

Above The REMAX Magazine 2012 Picture

KIND has been featured in the Summer edition of Above: The RE/MAX Magazine circulated worldwide. Read the article below.

ABOVE The REMAX Magazine Article 2012