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.

Casandra in greenhouse
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yllekc Casandra Kelly Local Food Resources Coordinator

As Food for People’s Local Food Resources Coordinator, Casandra oversees local food donations and purchasing. She is responsible for the Gleaning and Food Drive programs as well as local farm ordering and contracting. With a bachelor's degree in Ecological Restoration from Humboldt State University and experience spanning from the farming community, to former co-director at the Campus Center for Appropriate technology and local cook, Casandra brings with her a passion for local food and the desire to serve and feed Humboldt County. Casandra can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

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.

Desiree Hill
gro.elpoeprofdoof@llihd Desiree Hill Warehouse Coordinator

Desiree is a Warehouse Coordinator at Food for People. A native to California, Desiree has been living in Humboldt County after a 14 year detour in Ohio. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles in her free time and is a mom to two wonderful children. Desiree was drawn to working at Food for People because she wanted to give back to the community and likes that she is part of helping people meet such a basic need as food. She is a hard worker who puts her organization and puzzle skills to work keeping the warehouse on the move. Desiree can be reached at or (707) 445-3166.

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.

Heather King, CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator
gro.elpoeprofdoof@gnikh Heather King CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator

Heather King brings a breadth of experience to the position of CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and her past experience includes work addressing college student food insecurity, developing food assistance programs, and conducting CalFresh policy analysis. She is passionate about utilizing innovative and community-based approaches to address food insecurity in a modern context. When she’s not working at Food for People, you can find her watching documentaries, on almost any topic, and enjoying free time with cherished family and friends. Heather can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 305

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.

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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

Michael Quintana
gro.elpoeprofdoof@anatniuqm Michael Quintana CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistor

Michael Quintana is our bilingual CalFresh Outreach staff, assisting households with applying for CalFresh, maintaining their benefits, and learning more about the program. He brings a variety of skills to his position as CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistor. He has a long history in health care, specifically as a business owner and provider at prosthetic clinics in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. His expertise with the Spanish language is a big asset in helping to expand the reach of his program. Michael enjoys making a positive contribution to the community and helping to increase the accessibility of healthy food to our neighbors in need.  Work or play, Michael is very interested in health and you can find him exercising, meditating, cooking healthy food, or gardening when not at work. Michael can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 318.

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.

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

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@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

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