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Joshua Rothman '13 Honored at San Diego Padres Game for Food Pantry Work

Some 437,500 residents of San Diego County are in dire need of emergency food each year, and among them are many military families and children. In response, Joshua “Yoshi” Rothman '13 helped found the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry as a high-schooler, and now as a college student he continues to volunteer there over the summer. Rothman and others in the Jewish community were honored for their contributions on Sept. 26, 2010—Jewish Community Day—at the San Diego Padres game.

Rothman has spent so much time working with Hand Up, he's become a familiar face to many of the families that come to pick up food bags. “They started to recognize me more and then if I wasn't there and there was a different group, they'd be weirded out,” he says about the relationships he has built with the community. Rothman was honored for not only being one of the founders of Jewish Family Services' Hand Up pantry, but also for his work as a summer intern in charge of bringing in more teenage volunteers.

At the Padres game, Rothman was brought onto the field and his name was put up on the scoreboard. “It was so cool being on the field. When you're on the stands, it's so different,” says Rothman, who plays on the Pomona-Pitzer football team. The youngest honoree at the ceremony, he continues to volunteer at Hand Up in San Diego over summers, and his sister has now also gotten involved, keeping the Rothman community service legacy alive.