Seven years ago, Pamela Cohn said she came to a startling realization. Because her children’s grandparents lived out of state, they spent no time with senior citizens — something that was important to her.
So when her daughter entered the Maryland public school system in the 9th grade and needed fulfill a graduation requirement by providing 72 hours of community service, she resolved to address the two problems by volunteering at Food on the 15th, a charity that allows children to deliver bags stuffed with toiletries and food to senior citizens with limited incomes.
This operation has existed since 2006 and has given passed out more than 40,000 bags with no overhead, according to Julie Rosenthal, the charity’s founder.
The charity relies on donations from residents and delivers items to “economically challenged older adults at Morningside Park Apartments in Jessup, Maryland, the Tiber Hudson building in Ellicott City, Maryland and Parkview Snowden, Columbia, Maryland,” according to the group’s website.
Cohn said it is good that her children are so involved in this operation, which is named for the middle of the month when food is distributed.
“Kids in Howard don’t understand hunger,” Cohn said. “This is important and [the charity] really appealed to me because kids in Howard take a lot for granted.”
Though lending her time to the charity five years ago was primarily to help her daughter, her then-4th grade son Harrison Cohen, tagged along.
The 9th grader now attends Atholton High in Columbia.
“When I first started, I was just there helping,” he said. Now, he finds it rewarding.
Howard County Times: Top stories Newsletter
Daily highlights from Howard County's number one source for local news.