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My Food Coach

Welcome to My Food Coach

My Food Coach by NKF is designed to help you understand and manage all of your nutritional requirements, especially if you have kidney disease or other dietary concerns. Your health care professionals can help by providing important support and education about dietary requirements and modifications that could potentially slow the progression of kidney disease and improve your overall health.My Food Coach by NKF offers personalized nutrition information for you and your family. You can search for recipes, ingredients and meals that fit your personal nutrition needs. You can also add your own recipes, check the nutritional content of your favorite dishes, build shopping lists, and create a personalized recipe box.

The mobile app, available in the iPhone and Google Play stores, works hand-in-hand with your account so you can take your personal My Food Coach by NKF with you when you work, shop or dine out!

It’s easy to sign up! Get started now.

Join NKF – Become a member TODAY!

Join NKF – Become a member today!

NKF serves all people affected by kidney disease. Joining NKF means you join others like you across the country – share your voice on issues affecting kidney patients, gain access to up-to-date kidney-related news and information, as well as NKF’s programs and services. Tell us a little about yourself and we will make sure you get the right information for YOU!

If you are a professional and would like to become a professional member specific to your discipline, click here.

Your FREE membership includes:

  • Subscription to the NKF newsletter that’s right for you
  • 10% Discount on NKF Store
  • With email, you’ll also be part of our electronic Advocacy Action Center where you lend your voice to legislative and public policy issues affecting the chronic kidney disease, transplant and living donor communities.
  • Information on local events in your area
  • Access to webinars on issues affecting kidney patients, transplant recipients, and living donors. Including policy issues, new programs, research, and educational information.

Share YOUR Story!

Share YOUR Story!

Each person affected by kidney disease has a story! We want YOU to share YOURS with us! Everyone’s story is unique, and inspirational. You will never know when your story will touch someone else’s life!

Share your story here!

For more information contact Jessica Quintilian via email at or call 410.494.8545.





Amari’s Story

Amari was diagnosed with hydronephrosis when she was born, her right kidney was enlarged the first year of her life. Amari spent a great deal of time on antibiotics and went through a lot of testing to check the urine flow bladder and kidney function. Amari underwent surgery on May 9th, 2013, a month after her first birthday to remove the bottom right part of the enlarged kidney. Since that time, she has been up and down with her health.  Whenever she has a fever her parents must ensure it is not due to her kidneys. This requires her needing to go through a great due of urine samples, X-rays and blood work. Her mother shared, “It is very difficult at times knowing that there is something going on in your child’s body that you have no control over. Especially when she gets fevers and they won’t break with Tylenol or Ibuprofen and you just must wait for the antibiotic to kick in to get some type of relief.” Amari’s family participates in the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk because Amari’s mother lost her grandmother to kidney failure and her aunt passed away from kidney cancer. It doesn’t stop there – her family also has a cousin and friend who are both on dialysis and waiting on the kidney donor list for a transplant.




Thank you for participating in the National Kidney Foundation Golf Classic at on September 14, 2018 at Greystone Golf Course!

Since the first NKF Golf Classic in 1987, more than 250,000 golfers have raised over $93 million to help NKF provide early detection screenings, education, advocacy and research to support the 73 million Americans – 1 in 3 adults – who are at risk for kidney disease.

To help put this into perspective, at least one person in your foursome is at risk. Thanks to your support, we are able to work to lower this number. Congratulations to the top finishers from this year’s NKF Golf Classic! We hope you continue your success when you make the journey to the National Finals at the Pebble Beach Resorts. Qualifying teams will compete against over 50 teams from across the nation for a National Title.

P.S. Don’t forget you may be able to match the tax-deductible gifts through your employer. Click here to find out and access your company’s matching gift forms.

Check out some photos from our event!

Think Globally – ACT Locally! Volunteer with NKF Today!

National & Local Volunteer Opportunities!

Become an NKF Peer Mentor
Eligibility: CKD Stage 4, Dialysis, Transplant, Living Donor
Not eligible: Family member, care partner, parent, children under 18
Online application:
NKF Peers contact:

Kidney Advocate
Eligibility: anyone!
Online sign up:

Kidney Advocacy Committee Member
Eligibility: Kidney patient (any stage), living donor, family members.  Must be an exceptional volunteer who is interested in advocacy, pubic speaking, research, education, etc. Online application:

Writer/Wants to share story
Eligibility: anyone with a kidney connection/compelling story
Send writing sample or story idea to

Seeking local volunteer opportunities in Maryland & Delaware? Visit our local volunteer opportunities, click here!

Make a Difference through Your Workplace Giving Program

Workplace Giving

workplacegiving1Make your gift go even further! 15,000 U.S. companies Match Gifts…Does Yours?

Many companies will match gifts employees make to nonprofit organizations, including for volunteer hours served. Some even match gifts made by retirees and spouses of employees.

Find out if your employer or other companies will match your gift to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware. Ask your Human Resources department if they match gifts to see if you can make your gift to National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware go even further.

For more information about the Matching Gifts & Workplace Giving, contact Pattie Dash at

If you prefer to give to the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland and Delaware through The United Way or Community Health Charities, the codes are:

8029 – United Way
85803 – Community Health Charities


Your Kidneys & You Program

The National Kidney Foundation’s Your Kidneys & You program was developed to raise awareness among the general public and individuals at risk for kidney disease by
educating them about kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and what can be done to protect kidneys.

Your Kidneys & You is a volunteer-led presentation on kidneys, risk factors and
preventative action steps, with a focus on where to turn for more information.
Volunteers are trained by NKF local offices to deliver this presentation to the general public, corporate audiences and at-risk populations.

You may request a Your Kidneys & You presentation for your workplace, civic organization, school, club or place of worship by contacting Jessica Quintilian at 410.494.8545.

If you are interested in volunteering to provide Your Kidneys & You presentations, please contact Jessica Quintilian at 410.494.8545 to
arrange a training session.


Supporting the NKF Golf Classic Makes a Difference – Won’t You Help?

Who said that one or FOUR in this case can’t make a difference? Your support of our local Konica Minolta Golf Classic will help thousands of patients who are in need of support for things that we take for granted! Things like funds for transportation to and from dialysis three times a week, groceries, medical supplies and equipment, rent or utility relief.

Jackson, age 43, said, “I never thought that I would be in this situation. I have three young children and I now can’t work because I am in end-stage renal failure and need a kidney transplant to survive! My family needs me, I need to return to work, without the support of the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware I would not have been able to pay for my utilities this month!”

Register your team today! YOU can make a difference!

Santé in the Sand – Delaware


Please check back – this event has been postponed until Spring 2019!

Santé will feature delicious creations from Delaware’s best restaurants, caterers, and chefs, paired with enticing beverages.
Adding to the fun will be the People’s Choice competition, along with entertainment, raffles, and a silent auction.

WHEN:    Watch for a NEW DATE!
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center 
1 Baltimore Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Individual tickets are $50.00 per person

Unable to attend the event but want to support this great cause? You can make a donation by clicking the DONATE NOW
button below.



For sponsorship opportunities, click here to view all the options available.
Contact Nicole Scharf, Associate Executive Director
or 410.726.8732 for more information.


Thank you to our SPONSORS