News and Events

 

       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
  • Bethesda Magazine ‘The Hunger Fighters’, 2014
  • Montgomery Matters ‘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

 

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.

THANK YOU!!

 

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: www.KINDinMD.org 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:

KIND
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: markb2717@aol.com.

 

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.

DC Metro Real Producers Article

 

 

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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

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

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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: www.KINDinMD.org 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:

KIND
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: markb2717@aol.com.

 

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

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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: www.KINDinMD.org 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:

KIND
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: markb2717@aol.com.

 

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: www.KINDinMD.org 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 – markb2717@aol.com.

 

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

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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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Filling Stomachs for a Fulfilling Life

 

RE/MAX Headquarters Congratulates KIND’s Founder

RE/MAX & Good Neighbor Award

 

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

Montgomery County Council & KIND

 

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

KIND
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:

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Baltimore Ravens Honor Jeremy and KIND

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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 & 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

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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.

 

Montgomery Matters ‘Charity Spotlight’

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Read the article that puts a spotlight on KIND!

Charity Spotlight – KIND

 

Bethesda Magazine ‘The Hunger Fighters’

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

The Hunger Fighters

 

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.