Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County

Our Staff

gro.elpoeprofdoof@bmocloha Anne Holcomb Executive Director

Anne Holcomb has served as Executive Director of Food for People since April of 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration. Her past assignments included projects in special education, assistive technology, computer recycling and development of a continuum of community-based care for individuals with disabilities. She moved from Maine to Humboldt County in December of 2000 to be closer to her adult children and growing grandchildren. She is passionately committed to creating a community in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and thrive with dignity. Anne can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 302.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@snibborc Carly Robbins Fund Development Director

Carly oversee the diverse fund development projects that help keep Food for People operational. A former Performing Arts Theatre Manager with a BA in Critical and Visual Studies from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, she brings a variety of marketing and event planning experience to our organization's fundraising efforts. A long time lover of Humboldt county Carly enjoys hiking and giving back to the community in additional ways through her work with the Lost Coast Rotaract community service group. Carly can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 306

Carrie Smith
gro.elpoeprofdoof@htimsc Carrie Smith Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator

Carrie coordinates Food for People's three Child Nutrition Programs: Backpacks for Kids, After School Snack, and Children's Summer Lunch. A Humboldt County native, she graduated from HSU with a degree in Psychology and Health Education. Her varied work experience includes working as a Health Educator for the Public Health Department, with at-risk youth in the Foster Care system, and as a Care Coordinator/Wellness Coach for those living with complex chronic health conditions. Carrie is thrilled to be working at Food for People to help support, advocate and coordinate local food distribution to hungry kids in our community! In her down time she loves to walk her dogs, hang out with friends and think about, prepare and consume good healthy food! Carrie can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 309.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@namxawd Deborah Waxman Director of Programs

Deborah provides support and technical assistance for Food for People's food distribution, outreach and advocacy programs, working to help households access and afford nutritious foods throughout Humboldt County and California. She formerly served as Food for People's Community Education & Outreach Coordinator, and has been with Food for People since 2007. Deborah graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications and received a Master's Degree from Humboldt State University's Environment & Community Program, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Deborah can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 314.

Erin Tharp
gro.elpoeprofdoof@prahte Erin Tharp Choice Pantry Coordinator

Erin brings a lot of experience to her role as our Choice Pantry Coordinator, having spent a long time volunteering in the pantry before getting hired on to manage our senior and homebound programs. Originally from Santa Cruz, she moved to Humboldt County in 2013 with her kids (who by the way, love going to the beach and hiking through the woods with their mom). Erin believes in the work we do at Food for People and feels it is really important to our community. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of that work.  When she has time off, she loves to cook for her family or cozy up with a good book. Erin can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 317.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@hguhcmh Heidi McHugh Community Education & Outreach Coordinator

Heidi coordinates Food for People's Calfresh Outreach, Hunger 101, and advocacy programs. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Zoology, Heidi previously worked at the Northern California Community Blood Bank as a Lab Assistant and Product Manager. When she's not working, you can find her playing with her two young sons, her assortment of Chihuahuas and an elderly cat. She also loves working in her garden surrounded by her sunflowers. Heidi can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 308.

Karen Asbury, Inventory Database Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yrubsak Karen Asbury Inventory Database Manager

Karen manages our complex Inventory Database. She has a long history of working with non-profits, coming most recently from the Ink People Center for the Arts. Karen is a computer science major with an AS in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and is a Certified Networking Technician. She enjoys using her specific set of skills to benefit Food for People and our programs. Karen can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 316

gro.elpoeprofdoof@dnommurdm Matt Drummond Nutrition Education Coordinator

Matt provides healthy recipes for all of Food for People’s programs, creates cooking demonstrations and food samples, and organizes cooking classes.Matt moved to Humboldt County in 2006 to study Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he surveyed rivers throughout California for trout and salmon. Shifting gears to a career in healthcare, he enthusiastically shares cooking skills, taste tests, and ideas for using fresh produce through our food distribution programs countywide. Outside of that, you can find Matt on local rivers and trails, fishing, hiking and mushroom hunting. He also spends countless hours in his garden and cooking with hunted and gathered foods. Matt can be reached at or (707) 445-5946 ext. 305.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@makededm Michelle Dedekam Warehouse Distribution Specialist

Michelle started off as a volunteer during the summer of 2017, and was later hired on as the Warehouse Distribution Specialist. In that role Michelle manages volunteers, keeps the Choice Pantry well stocked, and carefully tracks weights of incoming produce and other food. Michelle enjoys being part of all the positive outcomes Food for People provides for our community. She enjoys coordinating volunteers within the warehouse and meeting new people each and every day. What Michelle loves most about her job is learning about service work and helping to create a positive and productive work environment. You can find Michelle exploring all the beautiful nature in Humboldt, spending time with family, and loving all kinds of animals.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@rebeesm Mike Seeber Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator

As Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator, Mike runs farm stand style produce distributions in rural Humboldt County communities and works with our Outreach team to connect households with CalFresh. Mike's previous background was in the recycling and reuse industry, with a passion for living a sustainable life to help ensure that a healthy Earth exists for generations to come. When not at work, Mike can be found in the gym, backpacking, bicycling, running, practicing yoga, gardening, and cooking healthy, nutritious food. Mike can be reached at or (707) 445-3166.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@ookitn Nia Tikoo Warehouse Inventory Specialist

Nia was inspired to become a part of Food for People after volunteering and witnessing its impact on the community. Previously, she earned a B.A in Marketing, and worked for a GIS software company, before being enthralled with the food world. After years as a Sous-Chef in San Diego, she relocated to Humboldt County with a sense of adventure. She appreciates that Food for People has provided a unique opportunity to ensure that every client shops from a plentiful pantry, and that little goes to waste. She hopes to apply her skills to foster a sustainable and compassionate food system. Her spare time is spent exploring farms, faraway countries, and furniture catalogs. Nia can be reached at or (707) 445-3166.

Philip Anzada, Volunteer and Direct Services Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@adaznAP Philip Anzada Volunteer and Direct Services Manager

Philip joins us back at Food for People after a brief hiatus in the Bay Area. His previous experience includes managing programs and services for the National Multiple Scleorisis Society and coordinating disaster response for the American Red Cross. After almost two years as the Volunteer Coordinator at Food for People, he brings his passion and dedication to the mission in this new role as the Volunteer and Direct Services Manager. With an undergraduate degree in Biology from Humboldt State University, he his happy to again be a part of the Humboldt County community. In his free time Philip can be found enjoying the beautiful backdrop of our community with his husband Juan and his dog Otto. Philip can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 310

gro.elpoeprofdoof@hsaels Sierra Leash Local Food Resources Coordinator

Sierra coordinates Food for People’s Gleaning and Food Drive programs, which are an essential part of supporting the food needs of our community.  Having lived in Humboldt County most of her life,  she understands the unique needs of our area and enjoys working directly with community members and farmers.  After graduating with a B.S. in Nursing from Humboldt State University in 2011, Sierra gravitated towards humanitarian service and preventative care rather than pursuing a career in Nursing.  She is passionate about living a life of service, and after many years of volunteering with Food for People is thrilled to join an organization that aligns so strongly with her values.  Sierra’s other passions include exploring nature with her chiweenie (dog) Nina Simone, supporting refugees in other countries, crocheting, and travel. Sierra can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

Tim Crosby
gro.elpoeprofdoof@ybsorct Tim Crosby Operations Manager

Tim is Food for People's Operations Manager, ensuring that all of our programs have the food orders and deliveries essential for carrying out our services--and so much more. Tim has been with us for several years prior to this, helping us to develop, shape and operate our newest program, the Mobile Produce Pantry. His eclectic background includes stints as a brewer, cabbie, roadie and credit analyst. His free time is filled with small batch coffee roasting, hearth style bread baking, organic gardening and gadget tinkering. Tim can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 304

gro.elpoeprofdoof@zaidy Ysabel Diaz Pantry Network Coordinator

Ysabel works with our partner food pantries and congregate meal sites throughout Humboldt County, helping them provide emergency food assistance in their local communities. Ysabel has spent the past few years living and working in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There she volunteered at a local non-profit organization called El Departamento de la Comida (The Department of Food) which provided local, agro-ecologically grown food to the community. It was at El Departamento that her passion for food justice was truly sparked, and she is excited to follow that passion here at Food for People. Ysabel studied at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and has a degree in Biology – Environmental Studies. You can find her at the Dunes, binoculars in hand, spying for hidden song birds. Ysabel can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 313

elpoeprofdoof@esuorz Zack Rouse Community Food Programs Coordinator

Zack coordinates Food for People's Homebound Delivery Program, Senior Brown Bag program, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors age 60+. Zack is a trained actor and saxophonist, has worked at some wonderful theatres across the country, and is, for better or for worse, two degrees from Kevin Bacon. He attended Humboldt State University and is so pleased to be working with Food for People, providing much needed food to seniors in Humboldt County. Zack can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 303

ude.tdlobmuh@473fe Edward Fernandez Graduate Intern

Edward is an Applied Anthropology graduate student at Humboldt State University (HSU) researching accessibility to affordable fresh food in addition to food deserts. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from HSU, which helped solidify a strong commitment to social justice and crafted a desire to provide equity to those that need it. He brings a critical perspective, energy, and a phenomenological approach to the various projects he assists and oversees. Edward enjoys good conversation, nature, and adventure. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking and photography -sometimes at the same time.