Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County
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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 aholcomb@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 302.

Allison
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yenneka Allison Kenney Local Food Resources Coordinator

Allison works with local farmers and backyard gardeners to utilize our region’s agricultural abundance to help supply Food for People programs with nutrient-dense produce. She is passionate about minimizing food waste and building community around food through the Gleaning program. Allison also manages our Food Drive program. Previously she has worked on organic vegetable farms in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Her background in growing food to feed her community inspired her to find a way to also help those in need. In her free time she can be found getting creative in the kitchen, backpacking in the Trinity Alps, or hunting for mushrooms. Allison can be reached at akenney@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

Allison Kolb, Development & Communications Assistant
gro.elpoeprofdoof@bloka Allison Kolb Development & Communications Assistant

Allison has been fundraising for nonprofits and advocating for a more equitable and compassionate society for over a decade. She has a BS in Entrepreneurship from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her goal in life is to use her education and talents to get worthy nonprofits the resources they need to make the world a better place. She is honored to work for Food for People and be given the opportunity to serve the Humboldt community that is so dear to her. She is happy to take part in a cause that improves access to healthy food for Humboldt families. Allison can be reached at akolb@foodforpeople.org.

Carly Robbins, Development Director
gro.elpoeprofdoof@snibborc Carly Robbins Development Director

Carly manages the diverse development and capital projects that keep the food bank operational and moving towards a successful future and oversees the organization's communications and marketing efforts.  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. She is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Eureka and is a founding member and past president of the Lost Coast Rotaract Club. Carly can be reached at crobbins@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 306  

Carrie Smith
gro.elpoeprofdoof@noitirtuNdlihC Carrie Smith Child & Senior Programs Coordinator

Carrie coordinates Food for People's Senior & Homebound programs (CSFP, Senior Brown Bag, and Homebound Delivery) and Child Nutrition Programs (Backpacks for Kids 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 loves working at Food for People to help support, advocate, and coordinate local food distribution to seniors, folks who are homebound, and 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 ChildNutrition@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 309.

Chris
gro.elpoeprofdoof@ksirfc Chris Frisk Warehouse Inventory Specialist

Chris moved to Humboldt by way of Sacramento and Santa Barbara. Chris brings a lot of skills to Food for People with approximately 20 years of retail and wholesale grocery experience, most of it in the produce world. As the Warehouse Inventory Specialist, Chris is heavily involved in our daily warehouse operations, helping to keep our inventory tight by tracking food usages as well as helping to plan and pack food orders for various program distributions. In his free time, you can find Chris on his mountain bike in the redwood forest or at home with his guitar in hand. Chris can be reached at cfrisk@foodforpeople.org.

Colby D'Onfiro, Nutrition Education Coordinator
gro.elpoeprofdoof@oirfonodc Colby D'Onofrio CalFresh Nutrition Education Coordinator

As the Nutrition Education Coordinator, Colby works alongside our food distribution programs, developing nutrition and food safety materials and projects, to teach people how to prepare healthy meals on a budget, and with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables.  She is excited to share the knowledge she gained while earning her bachelor's degree in nutrition via cooking videos, in-person classes (post-pandemic), and recipe cards. She believes that all people deserve access to nutritious foods and the education to prepare them, and hopes to help more people gain confidence in the kitchen so they may find joy in cooking and eating. When she isn't in the kitchen or at the office, Colby can be found hiking, lifting at the gym, and hanging out with her cat, Purrsia. Colby can be reached at cdonofrio@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 305.

Corey
gro.elpoeprofdoof@notpitc Corey Tipton Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager

Corey came to Food for People after many years working as a small business consultant and for other local nonprofits. As our Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager, Corey wears many hats at the food bank (proudly sporting one for each day of the week). Corey brings a myriad of experience, from accounting and HR to IT to overseeing our vehicle fleet and building maintenance. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Journalism and Communications, with special emphasis in Environmental Ethics and Technology, Corey enjoys spending time with his young son, adventuring around the scenic beauty of Humboldt County’s beaches, rivers and mountains. Corey brings his passion for helping people -  whether client, volunteer or staff - to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Corey can be reached at ctipton@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 307.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@namxawd Deborah Waxman Director of Programs

Deborah helps support overall food bank operations, providing training, guidance, grant reporting, and technical assistance for Food for People's staff and programs and ensuring that programs adhere to contracted regulations. She also helps facilitate the links between our food distribution programs and warehouse/logistics team. 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 dwaxman@foodforpeople.org 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 etharp@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 317. 

Heidi McHugh
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 proceeded to become a passionate advocate for social justice.   When she's not working, you can find her wrangling her two young sons and her dogs.  She also loves working in her garden surrounded by her sunflowers. Heidi can be reached at hmchugh@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 308.

Jessica
gro.elpoeprofdoof@reyebj Jessica Beyer Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator

Jessica runs our Mobile Produce Pantry program, bringing free access to fresh fruits and vegetables (and a lot of it locally grown!) to communities throughout Humboldt County. Jessica has more than 20 years combined experience in customer service and graphic design. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, reading about art history, and nature. She also enjoys being part of the neurodiverse community in Humboldt County and is a passionate advocate for disability rights. Jessica can be reached at jbeyer@foodforpeople.org.

Jessy English-Johnson, Child & Senior Programs Specialist
gro.elpoeprofdoof@nosnhoj-hsilgnej Jessy English-Johnson Child & Senior Programs Specialist

As the Child & Senior Programs Specialist, Jessy works with Food for People’s Child & Senior Programs Coordinator to pack and distribute food for our countywide Senior & Homebound Programs, in addition to facilitating food distribution for our Backpacks for Kids and Children’s Summer Lunch Programs. Jessy can be reached at jenglish-johnson@foodforpeople.org.

Jose Mendez, Operations Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@zednemj Jose Mendez Operations Manager

In his role as the Operations Manager, Jose is responsible for coordination and supervision of Food for People’s food receiving, storage, usage, and logistics systems at our various warehouse locations. Jose can be reached at jmendez@foodforpeople.org or (707)445-3166 ext. 304.

Judy
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yelgnalj Judy Langley Fundraising Administrative Assistant

Judy assists our Development Director with processing donations and completing a variety of other projects that need attention. A retired postmaster, with a BA in English/Theatre Arts from Humboldt State, she brings a variety of skills to Food for People. She has served on the board for Redwood Coast Montessori for four years as Chairman and belongs to Redwood Empire Quilters Guild. In her free time, she enjoys her family, volunteering at her daughter’s school, quilting, reading, playing computer games, and teaching her children to grow food and create new food dishes. Judy can be reached at jlangley@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 320.

Julie
gro.elpoeprofdoof@nayrj Julie Ryan Volunteer & Direct Services Manager

Julie wants you to volunteer at Food for People, and she is the main source for upcoming and ongoing opportunties to fit almost any schedule. Whether it's a weekly food distrubution, monthly packing project in the warehouse, or special drive-through distribution,  Julie ensures that Food for People is a safe welcoming space for all. Julie enjoys wearing many hats and helping to support all of Food for Peoples programs. She is a Humboldt State graduate who has served the local community by working and volunteering in the non-profit sector and is dedicated to making her corner of the universe a better place. When not at Food for People, Julie spends her time volunteering, reading, gardening, and delights in taking her dog on adventures. Julie can be reached at jryan@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 310.

Karen Asbury, Inventory Database Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yrubsak Karen Asbury Sourcing & Inventory Control 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 kasbury@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 316

Karina Vazquez, Bilingual CalFresh Outreach Specialist
gro.elpoeprofdoof@zeuqzavk Karina Vazquez Bilingual CalFresh Outreach Specialist

 As our Bilingual CalFresh Outreach Specialist, Karina works alongside Food for People’s food distribution programs to help households apply for CalFresh, provide information and education on the program, and help households navigate the full application, eligibility, and retention processes. She provides bilingual support and materials for Spanish-speaking families. Karina can be reached at kvazquez@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 318

Lori Rudebock, Finance Director
gro.elpoeprofdoof@kcobedurl Lori Rudebock Finance Director

As Food for People’s Finance Director, Lori is responsible for overseeing the food bank’s budget and financial transactions to ensure that they are in accordance with established nonprofit accounting procedures. Lori can be reached at lrudebock@foodforpeople.org.

Mikayla
gro.elpoeprofdoof@namdogm Mikayla Godman Pantry Network Coordinator

Mikayla is the Pantry Network Coordinator at Food for People. She helps make sure that all of our remote pantry locations are stocked with the food and resources they need to serve their communities. She loves meeting all of the people who work at our various pantries (from Orick in the north to Garberville in the south, and out east to Hoopa, Bridgeville and beyond) and making sure we all feel like one big Food for People family. She came to this organization as a student of History and HSU. She fell in love with the people here and our vision of making sure no one who needs help goes hungry. In her free time, Mikayla loves running and hiking all over Humboldt county and cooking with local produce. Contact her at mgodman@foodforpeople.org or 707-445-3166 ext. 313.

Robert Sataua, Emergency Food Response Coordinator
gro.elpoeprofdoof@auatasr Robert Sataua Emergency Food Response Coordinator

Robert has a background in business administration, landscape construction, non-profit leadership, and the arts. He is passionate about food security and is excited to be developing Food For Peoples’ ability to respond to emergencies by working with a network of agencies and organizations focused on disaster relief. Robert is the Board President of the Ink People Center for the Arts where he promotes culture and artistic expression. In his free time, Robert is often at one of the local disc golf courses or home gardening with his family. Contact Robert at rsataua@foodforpeople.org or 707-445-3166 ext. 311.

Receptionist/Choice Pantry Support
gro.elpoeprofdoof@skoorbv Veronica Brooks Receptionist/Choice Pantry Support

Veronica provides excellent customer service to all phone and in-person visitors and ensures easy access to Food for People programs and volunteer opportunities. She works as part of our direct services team, providing support to our Eureka Choice Pantry. Veronica can be reached at vbrooks@foodforpeople.org or (707) 445-3166 ext. 301.