FEED HOWARD COUNTY
Free hot meals are provided weekly thanks to this program launched by First Presbyterian Church, a COAD member. Donors go online to contribute to a fund used to purchase meals from local restaurants that are then given to needy Howard County residents. So the program keeps our local restaurants operating while helping fight hunger in the county. To get more information about donating or find the location of the next meal giveaway, go to www.FeedHowardCounty.org.
Once a week, the COAD delivers pre-packed bags of nonperishable food and produce from the Howard County Food Bank to local residents. The pop up pantries are held in high-need neighborhoods in the area from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or until food runs out. Anyone is eligible to receive a bag of food. No ID is required. Locations change every week, so visit our COAD Facebook page for details.
POP UP FOOD PANTRIES
HOWARD COUNTY FOOD BANK GROCERY STORE FOOD DRIVE
During the coronavirus crisis, demand at the Howard County Food Bank has tripled. So please help make sure your fellow residents don’t go hungry by dropping a food donation into one of the 50-gallon drums the COAD has positioned in the three Howard County Safeway stores. Items most needed include: canned & dried fruit, hot & cold cereal, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, 100% fruit juice, peanut butter, canned beans, low-sodium canned vegetables and baby food, diapers and wipes.
Parents are struggling to find ways to keep their children busy during the coronavirus crisis. So please consider donating new or gently-used toys, puzzles and board games to Columbia Community Care, a COAD member. They are set up Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at five of Howard County’s Grab-N-Go pick up sites for school breakfasts/lunches. They include Howard High School, Lake Elkhorn MS/Cradlerock Elementary School, Oakland Mills Middle School, Swansfield Elementary and Wilde Lake Middle School. For more information, go to www.ColumbiaCare.live.
BOARD GAME / TOY DONATION
ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN UP & WATERSHED MANAGEMENT
If you’re looking for a safe way to get outside and help improve the local environment, contact Howard EcoWorks, a COAD member. Volunteer to do clean up, watershed management and innovative nature research projects. Young adults can find summer jobs in the Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth program. For more information, go to www.HowardEcoworks.org.
Help clear, plant and tend a community garden at the Community Ecology Institute’s 6.4-acre Freetown Farm. Adults and families are invited to participate while social distancing, and interested volunteers can receive chemical-free vegetables from the garden once crops come in. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. – noon & 1 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday / 2 p.m. – dusk Saturday. The farm is located at 8000 Harriet Tubman Lane in Columbia. To participate, contact Willie Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY GARDEN CONSTRUCTION
HOMEMADE FACE MASKS
If you are a low-income, elderly or otherwise vulnerable Howard County resident who has no other way of acquiring one, contact the COAD to request a cloth face mask at Masks.HoCOAD@gmail.com. We will do our best to help, but there is no guarantee of delivery.
Also, if you would like to volunteer to sew masks to donate to the needy in our community, reach us at the email above. We are using a pattern provided by medical professionals, with protocols detailed here.
Fascinating, educational webinars for students are being held every week by the Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County, a COAD member. Every Thursday at 3 p.m., a wide variety of experts discuss topics ranging from government to math to magic. For more information, go to www.capa-hc.org.