The Washington Nationals and hospitality partner Levy are proud to announce a new partnership with Nourish Now, a Maryland-based food recovery non-profit. Nourish Now will receive and distribute appropriate excess food items from Nationals Park’s concession stands, clubs, and suites. The comprehensive food recovery program will also include food from special events held at the ballpark throughout the year.
The majority of the collected items will provide vital support to children, families, and veterans in Montgomery County. A portion of the donated food will be delivered to the housing facility located in Ward 8 run by U.S. Vets – Washington, D.C., a private non-profit providing housing, employment, and counseling services to local veterans. The relationship with U.S. Vets is just the beginning of Nourish Now’s efforts to serve residents in the neighborhoods near Nationals Park.
Throughout the years, the Nationals have continually expanded the ballpark’s sustainability efforts. Nationals Park wasconstructed as a LEED-certified Silver ballpark, the first major sports facility to receive this designation by the U.S. Green Building Council. Since its opening, the Nationals have worked closely with various community partners to evolve Nationals Park’s infrastructure and operations to include rooftop gardens, solar panels, and 100% compostable food service utensils and packaging, among other sustainable features.
“We are thrilled to be launching this program along with Levy,” said Jonathan Stahl, Washington Nationals Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “Food waste is something the Nationals have long wanted to address and Nourish Now is the perfect partner for us to work with to support our neighbors in need.”