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Food for People is working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community through access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education and advocacy. We envision a community where no one is hungry and everyone in Humboldt County has access to good quality, nutritious food. Everyone in the community understands the consequences of hunger and poor nutrition and that each one of us has a role to play in creating a strong, healthy community.
When we first opened our doors in 1979, Food for People was no more than a small food closet intent upon filling the void in Humboldt County's social service programs. But food distribution grew steadily from those humble beginnings, and over the next 17 years, we expanded and began conducting our operations out of a small local residence, utilizing rented warehouse space just a few blocks away.
During that time Food for People also began providing food for several pantries located throughout the County in addition to our direct food distribution in Eureka. But access to refrigeration and freezer space was extremely limited, and by 1996, we were bursting at the seams and ill-prepared to accommodate the steadily increasing requests for emergency food assistance.
In 1998, thanks to support received through a Community Development Block Grant, a grant from The California Endowment, our Harvest Home capital campaign and the generosity of local citizens, churches, businesses and civic organizations, we were able to purchase and retrofit the 9,000 square foot warehouse at 307 West 14th Street in Eureka that now houses our food bank. This space includes a large walk-in cooler and two walk-in freezers.