Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County
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Hunger Fighter Challenge

Join the Hunger Fighter Challenge!

The Hunger Fighter Challenge is a community food & fund drive supporting Food for People during the holidays. Each year dozens of businesses, organizations, schools, groups, and civic organizations participate in the Hunger Fighter Challenge. You can make a difference in the lives of seniors, children, and families in need during the winter months. Form a Hunger Fighter team! 

Help fight hunger for the holidays!

Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County, serves more than 12,000 people countywide each month - 10% of our County's population.

Did you know?...

  • 9 out of 10 individuals served by Food for People are housed and have income but struggle to survive due to low wages, underemployment, and the high cost of housing.
  • 1/4 of people served are seniors age 60+.
  • 1/3 of people served are children.

How does it work?

Food for People has gone through big changes in 2020 and is in entirely new territory.

We were forced to evacuate our building in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, due to a sewer disaster that caused extensive damage. Since then our programs and staff have been spread out across several leased spaces, continuing the work that we do as a food bank while we also spend the next year rebuilding our main facility.  This has resulted in much less warehouse storage space than before, so our strategy has been to keep food coming in and moving out quickly. Since big food drives typically bring in several dozen pallets of food all at once, this presents a warehouse storage space challenge (though a great challenge to have!)

In this temporary situation, the most helpful, safe, and effective way you can help is to donate funds that we can utilize to purchase food wholesale, by the pallet, monthly, at a very low cost. We can stretch each dollar quite far and maximize the volume of food we can bring into our warehouse, to respond to rising need for help in Humboldt County in the coming year. We can bring in what we need for each month or so, making efficient use of the storage space we have.

This year we are encouraging our Hunger Fighters to Donate Funds instead of food! 

Sign up your group to be a Hunger Fighter team! Fill out our easy online form here.

 

Donating funds is faster, easier, safer, and more effective:

  • Faster: With one simple click, Hunger Fighter Teams can make a team page and collect donations online: http://bit.ly/2PQuaXW

  • Easier: With the loss of our building, storage space is at an all-time minimum; funds allow us to purchase wholesale pallets of the most-needed foods monthly and manage our storage space wisely.

  • Safer: Donating funds online is a contactless way to help and minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19.

  • More effective: With wholesale buying power, we can use each dollar your team collects to feed many more people. When your team collects funds, the impact is larger—and easier to transport!

  • Fund donations also give us the flexibility to make wholesale purchases of perishable foods—milk, eggs, cheese and meat that are requested by families, but that we can’t safely accept as personal donations.

Ways to Donate:

Host a Virtual Food Drive - Donations go further with a virtual drive! By utilizing the Food for People's wholesale purchasing power and eliminating barrel delivery and pick-up costs, a virtual food drive multiplies your giving.

Here's what you do:

  • Click here and select the 'Create my Own Fundraising Page' to create your own virtual food drive.
  • Set a goal, write a little bit about yourself and your efforts.
  • Share your link to your friends, family, and more

Mail donations to: Food for People, PO Box 4922 Eureka, CA 95502. Please note your Hunger Fighter team name with all checks and financial donations. (This P.O. Box is our new mailing address, since our old building is now a construction site!)

We realize not everyone wants to make a financial donation. We will offer two drive-through food drive dates to bring your food donations to:

Thanksgiving Food Drive:
  • When: Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 10am-2pm. Hunger Fighter drop-off time is from 10am-11am.
  • Where: 2112 Broadway St., Eureka (entrance on W. Hawthorne St.)
Senator McGuire Food Drive:
  • When: Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 2pm-6pm. Hunger Fighter drop-off time is from 2pm-3pm.
  • Where: Safeway (Eureka) parking lot, 2555 Harris St.
Be sure to mention your Hunger Fighter team name when dropping off!
Thanks for joining us in the Hunger Fighter Challenge!
Please fill out the online enrollment form here!

 

Questions? 

If you have questions, need materials or information about Food for People, or anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us- we are here to support you.

We look forward to working with you this year!

 

Downloadable Support Materials: