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       Awards and Recognition’s for KIND

  • JC Hayward Feature – WUSA Channel 9, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • National Association of Realtors – Good Neighbor Awards, 2018


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 –


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

National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Awards 2018

GN Finalists Social Media

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

Montgomery County Council & KIND


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

Save The Date - Crab Feast 2018


Finalist in the 2018 Moxie Award

Moxie Award

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

NBC4 News News Segment About KIND - 05-11-2018

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

Truman Charities Event Thank You Message To Companies Who Donated - 2018

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 Delivery

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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 KIND, 6917 Arlington Rd., #302, Bethesda, MD. 20814.


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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.


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 in the News

Jeremy and KIND were featured in the December/January issue of Montgomery Magazine, in a cover story, Giving Back (read it here); and in the September/October issue of Bethesda Magazine, in a story called The Hunger Fighters. Read it here.


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!”

Watch the story here.