Portland, OR. A young man from Tigard is inspiring others with a fundraising drive for Meals on Wheels People (MOWP). Cooper Hammond started with a coffee stand in his neighborhood last fall and raised $500. This month, he kicked his efforts into high gear in the Multnomah Village. In partnership with PDXPOP! and Nossa Familia Coffee, Cooper’s Coffee stand served coffee and treats outside the  Meals on Wheels People offices; MOWP helps older adults facing food insecurity and social isolation. Cooper raised nearly $7,500 from day-of sales and donations, bringing his fundraising tally close to $8,000. Anyone can give back—no matter their age, explained Cooper, “If you give back to the world, you can make it a better place.”

After learning about MOWP while visiting his local Green Zebra grocery store during Donate Dinner, Cooper decided to launch the coffee stand.

Cooper Hammond poses for a photo with his parents, Dave and Terri.

Cooper Hammond with a dog named Cooper.

Growing up in a family that values giving back to its community, Cooper adopted an annual tradition of creatively supporting a new charitable organization every holiday season. Over the most recent holiday season, Meals on Wheels People was the beneficiary of Cooper’s giving heart—and emerging business acumen.Through the month of February, Cooper’s fundraiser lives on at cooperscoffee.org. Visit the website to make a donation, or order Cooper’s limited-edition popcorn or coffee courtesy of PDXPOP! and Nossa Familia Coffee. Proceeds benefit homebound older adults in our community through Meals on Wheels People programs.