Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County
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In Need of Food?

Are you looking for help getting food?

Below you will find basic information about a variety of our food assistance programs. If you'd like additional information on our many programs, explore our list of Programs at the bottom of our About Us page.

 

Emergency Food Pantries

Emergency Food pantries provide supplemental groceries to households monthly. We currently have pantries in Arcata, Blue Lake, Bridgeville, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Garberville, Loleta, McKinleyville, Orick, Scotia, Trinidad, and Willow Creek. Visit our Pantry Network webpage for exact dates and times of distribution. Our Pantry Network Coordinator can be reached directly at PantryNetwork@foodforpeople.org.

If you'd like additional information about the Eureka Choice Pantry specifically, visit the Choice Pantry webpage.

 

Mobile Produce Pantry

Our Mobile Produce Pantry is a refrigerated truck that travels to many Humboldt County communities and sets up a free fruit/vegetable farm stand on a monthly schedule. It travels alongside the Humboldt County DHHS mobile outreach vehicle, which offers an array of additional County services. The Mobile Produce Pantry distributes fresh produce in Fortuna, Trinidad, Redway, Rio Dell, Orleans, Weitchpec, Willow Creek, Orick, Hoopa, and Blue Lake. For a list of dates and times of monthly distribution, please visit the Mobile Produce Pantry webpage.

 

Free Produce Markets

We host free produce markets monthly at 4 locations in the county, May through October: Eureka, Fortuna, Garberville, and Redway. If you'd like additional information about the program, please visit or Free Produce Markets webpage.

 

Seniors Only Programs (Age 60+)

Interested in one of our seniors-only (age 60+) distribution days in your community? To learn more or apply for one of our two senior programs, click here for the CSFP Senior Box program webpage and click here for the Senior Brown Bag program page. Or email seniors@foodforpeople.org or call (707) 445-3166 extension 303.

 

Homebound (with medical referral)

We deliver food to a limited number of homebound individuals who are under age 60 and have a medical referral. Click here to visit the Homebound Delivery Program webpage for more information, or email seniors@foodforpeople.org, or call (707) 445-3166 extension 303. If you are age 60 or older, please apply for the Senior Brown Bag Program instead, which also has a limited number of openings for home delivery. All deliveries are made by volunteer drivers.

 

Programs for Children and Youth

In the summertime, we provide free lunches for youth 18 and younger at a number of sites around Humboldt county. Click here to visit our Children's Summer Lunch webpage for the current summer schedule. To search for summer lunch sites beyond the ones we sponsor, click here. If school is back in session, please check with your child's school about their free and reduced-cost meal program.

New in the 2019-2020 school year: Eureka City Schools is offering free breakfast and lunch to all students (no applications required) at Alice Birney, Grant, Lafayette, and Washington Elementary schools, in addition to Winship Middle, and Zoe Barnum High. More info here

 

CalFresh

If you qualify for CalFresh, you can receive an EBT debit card that is automatically reloaded monthly with food money to spend at local stores and farmers' markets. Our Outreach staff can help you apply for the program.

You may qualify for CalFresh if you can answer “yes” to these questions:

  1. Are you or at least one of your children a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident?
  2. Is your household’s GROSS monthly income (before taxes and deductions) within the limits in the chart on our CalFresh Outreach webpage? (If a household member is 60 or older or permanently disabled, then the income can be higher.)

How much could I possibly receive in CalFresh benefits?

The maximum monthly benefit amounts depend on family size and are listed on our CalFresh Outreach webpage.

 

Ways to apply in Humboldt County:

There are several different options available, to make it as easy as possible to apply. Visit our CalFresh Outreach webpage for contact info on receiving personalized assistance from our staff or to apply on your own.

 

Food for People Program Services Map

The map below shows all of the communities in Humboldt County where we provide services:

        

 

Humboldt Community Resource Information

Our partners at Humboldt County Dept. of Health & Human Services and St. Joseph Health coordinate to update and provide a comprehensive list of many different types of resources available in Humboldt County. Click here to view/download/print the resource list. And as an additional tool, the Humboldt Network of Family Resource Centers put all of this information into an online resource search engine. Click here to use the resource list search engine.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.