Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County

Senior & Homebound Programs

Looking for help?

For those 60 and older...

Food for People has two programs that aim to help those 60 and older looking for food assistance. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Senior Brown Bag Program. Please read below for further details about the programs or call us at (707)445-3166 extension 309 to apply and find the program that fits your needs best.

The CSFP program is currently available for pick-up in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad, and Fortuna. The Senior Brown Bag pick-up sites are currently provided in Arcata, Blue Lake, Bridgeville, Eureka, Fortuna, Garberville, Hoopa, Manila, McKinleyville, Orleans, Rio Dell, Trinidad, Weitchpec, and Willow Creek. A small number of home deliveries are available for seniors who are homebound and have no other way to access the program. Delivery is not guaranteed and depends on whether volunteer drivers are available.

For those younger than 60...

Food for People’s Homebound Delivery Program is for adults younger than 60 years old who are too ill or disabled to leave their homes to access our other programs. The program requires having a medical referral from either a hospital discharge planner, social worker, home health worker, or medical professional. Please view the income guidelines below and call us at (707) 445-3166 extension 309 for inquires. 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides a 30-40 pound box of nutritious food monthly for income-eligible seniors each month (age 60 and older). All boxes come with the addition of bread and up to 10 lbs of fresh produce. Services are currently available for pick-up in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Trinidad, and Fortuna.

CSFP Senior income guideliness

People in Household Monthly Income

  • Household of 1 = $1,383
  • Household of 2 = $1,868
  • Household of 3 = $2,353
  • Household of 4 = $2,839
  • Household of 5 = $3,324
  • Household of 6 = $3,809
  • Household of 7 = $4,295
  • Household of 8 = $4,780
  • Each additional person add $486

*These guidelines are effective for 2020, until notification in 2021.

How to apply:

Food for People's Commodity Supplemental Food Program

Applications for CSFP must be filled out in person with a trained staff member. Please contact our Senior & Homebound Programs Coordinator to apply by calling (707) 445-3166 extension 309, or email

In order to complete an application, applicants will need to show:

  • ID that displays date of birth

Food for People does not keep copies of this information. It only needs to be viewed.


Senior Brown Bag Program

The Senior Brown Bag Program has been in operation since 1987, and currently provides a monthly bag of groceries for up to 400 low-income seniors age 60 or older at locations throughout Humboldt County. Volunteer drivers deliver bags to those who are unable to pick up their own food. Each bag consists of a variety of USDA, purchased, and locally donated foods, bread, and up to 10 lbs of fresh produce.

Eligibility for the Senior Brown Bag Program is based on income:

  • Household of 1 = $2,522.33
  • Household of 2 = $3,411.42
  • Household of 3 = $4,300.50
  • Household of 4 = $5,189.58
  • Each additional = Add $889.08

*updated May 2021

Click here to download an application for the Senior Brown Bag program. Completed applications can be:

  • Emailed to us at
  • Faxed to us (707) 445-5946.
  • or mail to Food for People, PO Box 4922, Eureka, CA 95502
Food for People's Senior Brown Bag Program

Call our Senior Programs Coordinator at (707) 445-3166 extension 303 to learn more about how to apply for Senior Brown Bag and access the program from a site in your local community, or email

Resources for Site Partners Operating the Brown Bag Program:

Click on any of the items below to download tools and resources helpful for your Brown Bag distributions:

To download/print CalFresh flyers with income guidelines and information on how to apply, visit our CalFresh Task Force- Eligibility & Contacts page

To download resources for gardening and accessing farmers' markets and CSA's with CalFresh, visit our CalFresh Task Force- Gardening & Farmers' Markets page

For more information on CalFresh in general, visit our CalFresh Outreach page.

For recipes and nutrition resources, visit our Recipes & Nutrition Education page.

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.

Homebound Delivery Program

The Homebound Delivery Program provides a monthly bag of groceries for up to 100 individuals under 60 years of age who are too ill or disabled to leave their homes. Services may be provided on either a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the nature of the illness or disability. Some of our program participants are recovering from surgery or treatments, while others may be coping with a terminal illness. Referrals are required and accepted from hospital discharge planners, social workers, home health workers, medical professionals, etc. This program is completely supported by local donations.

Each bag consists of a variety of USDA and locally donated foods, bread, and up to 10 lbs of fresh produce. We do our best to include specific items requested as medically necessary for a certain type of diet. Food boxes are delivered by volunteers to recipients in Bridgeville, Eureka, Fortuna, Loleta, Manila, Arcata, McKinleyville, Rio Dell, and Trinidad.

Eligibility for the Homebound Delivery Program is based on income:

  • Household of 1 = $2,522.33
  • Household of 2 = $3,411.42
  • Household of 3 = $4,300.50
  • Household of 4 = $5,189.58
  • Each additional = Add $889.08

(*income updated May 2021)

To apply for the Homebound Delivery Program, you must download and fill out two forms:

Click here to download the application form for the Homebound Delivery Program (same form as Brown Bag application).

Click here to download the required medical referral form. Completed and signed applications must include the referral form (to be filled out by a medical provider).

Food for People's Homebound Delivery Program

Both forms can be mailed to Food for People (PO Box 4922, Eureka CA 95502), or faxed to us at (707) 445-5946. Please contact the program coordinator with questions at (707) 445-3166 ext. 303 or



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