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Learn about Food on the 15th in this video by award winning filmmaker, June Soh, of Voice of America. 
Read the corresponding VOA Article in English The story has been translated into several languages and broadcast throughout the world.

Thank you to all the volunteers in our community who make Food on the 15th so successful. This wouldn't be happening without each of you!!

Our Mission
Our student and adult volunteers collect donated non-perishables and deliver the groceries each month to low-income senior citizens in Howard County.  Julie and her daughter explain the program in this video by the Association for Community Service video honoring Julie as the 2013 recipient of the Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Volunteer of the Year award.

Our Motivation
Hundreds of senior citizens in Howard County assistant living homes, through paying for prescriptions and other expensive necessities, run low on money by the third week of the month. For low-income senior citizens, some may have to decide whether to buy. No one should have to make such a choice!  The senior residential building, was chosen because everyone in this building lives on less than $31,000 per year, with some living on as little as $9,000 per year.  Transportation and physical limitations make it difficult for senior citizens to get to food banks.

In addition to helping low-income senior citizens, Food on the 15th enables students to make a meaningful difference in our community, exposing children to philanthropy and community service at a young age by participating in all steps in the process: promotion, collection, organization, preparation of groceries and delivery.

Food on the 15th, a program of the Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS), is an award winning program.  We are proud to operate on $0 overhead.  We have been in existence since 2006 and have delivered over 18,000 free bags of groceries and toiletries to economically disadvantaged senior citizens at
      • Morningside Park Apartments in Jessup
      • Tiber Hudson in Ellicott City
      • Longwood Apartments Food Pantry- Partnering with UMBC Asian Studies program
Around the 15th of each month Food on the 15th brings in healthy, nutritious, non-perishable regular and DIABETIC foods for economically challenged senior citizens who live in Howard County, Maryland.  Food on the 15th sorts, bags and delivers the bags of groceries directly to the senior citizens’ homes around the third week of each month.
Summer Deliveries
Over the summer, New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church on Hall Shop Road in Fulton has supported the program by collecting and delivering food to the seniors.  

We operate on with $0 overhead as all food is donated and parents and children volunteer their time to make the free food deliveries.  100% of monetary donations go to purchase $10 gift cards to a local grocery store so that the senior citizens in our program can purchase fresh meat, produce and dairy products.  Tax deductible donations (please be sure to write "Food on the 15th" on your check) can be made out to The Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS) and mailed to:

The Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS)
P.O. Box 

Ellicott City, MD  21041 

 Tel: 410-997-0610
Fax: 410-549-2516


This domain name sponsored in loving memory of Jerry Wells by his wife, Myra Wells.

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