Food for People operates 18 programs that assist 10% of the Humboldt County population.
The majority of the people we serve are children, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
Many are living on low, fixed incomes, such as Social Security, SSI, or Disability.
Many are employed, or underemployed, and do not earn enough to make ends meet.
Our food distribution programs are designed to meet the immediate needs of anyone who needs our help.
Our outreach programs link households with services, tools, referrals, and skills for meeting needs beyond our doors.
Our Advocacy Program works with allies and legislators across the state and country as a voice for those who need our help.
Our Emergency Food & Disaster Program is poised to assist with food needs in Humboldt County in the event of disaster. When this occurs, Food for People takes a lead role in the procurement, storage and distribution of food in affected areas around Humboldt County.
Our Work Readiness and Job Training program provides opportunities to gain work experience and learn specialized skills that lead to successful employment in our community, all while working alongside us toward our mission.
Our programs are linked with our local food system to the greatest extent possible. We purchase fresh food from dozens of local farms and producers, many of whom also regularly donate to us through our Gleaning program.
Our Local Stores Food Recovery Program brings in half a million pounds of excess food each year from local stores and manufacturers, saving businesses the disposal fees, keeping food out of landfill, and feeding hungry community members.
Our Nutrition Education program utilizes many opportunities for engagement with our program participants to promote healthy eating, provide recipe taste tests, and teach cooking skills that last a lifetime and generations.
Our Advocacy and Hunger Education program shares data and reports on hunger and poverty in Humboldt, California, and nationwide; produces our Hunger Action E-Newsletter; and presents our interactive Hunger 101 activity--a unique learning experience in which participants are asked to “take on” the life circumstances of someone in Humboldt County who may be hungry and understand the complex economic and social circumstances that lead to and perpetuate hunger and nutrition issues.
We facilitate the Humboldt County CalFresh Task Force, which brings together dozens of community organizations working to increase access to CalFresh and healthy food in our community