FOOD FOR PEOPLE INC

the Food Bank for Humboldt County

aka F.F.P.   |   Eureka, CA   |  www.foodforpeople.org

Mission

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. Our 18 hunger relief programs provide countywide food assistance to seniors & homebound individuals, children and families, in addition to many programs that work to strengthen our commuinty.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Anne Holcomb

Main address

PO Box 49

Eureka, CA 95502 USA

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EIN

94-2772549

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger adversely affects individuals and communities. Current events have forced many people into unemployment and further poverty, we are seeing a steady growth of children, families, seniors, and veterans in need of food assistance. The COVID-pandemic, economic uncertainty, long-term unemployment, the high cost of food, gas, utilities, and rent adversely effect the lives of people in Humboldt County, California. In order to create a healthy community where everyone can thrive, Food for People works to eliminate food-insecurity and address the root causes of hunger throughout Humboldt County by providing access to healthy and nutritious foods, community education, and advocacy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

COUNTYWIDE FOOD ASSISTANCE

Food for People provides COUNTYWIDE FOOD ASSISTANCE though our NETWORK of 17 FOOD PANTIRES which includes a CHOICE PANTRY on site at our warehouse in Eureka as well as pantries across the county as far north as Orick, south to Garberville, east to Willow Creek and Dinsmore, and many locations in between. In Humboldt County 20% of the population is below the federal poverty line (FPL) – a family of 3 living on less than $20,160 falls under the FPL (Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2015).
In addition Food for People partners with local organizations, resource centers, schools, businesses, and service clubs to further the reach of our programs. In addition our NONPROFIT NETWORK welcomes local nonprofit organizations serving lowincome individuals to access foods from us at a low cost (cents per pound!)

Population(s) Served

Food for People's Child Nutrition Programs work to fill the meal gap for at-risk children on weekends and during the summer when school meal assistance is unavailable. 23% of children age 18 and under in Humboldt County live below the federal poverty line. (Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 2015) –56% qualify for free or reduced cost meals at school (CA Department of Education).
Our Backpacks for Kids Program provides income-eligible children with a bag of kid-friendly food on Fridays during the school year. Each bag contains enough food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two days.
Our Children’s Summer Lunch Program provides a free sack lunch to low-income children on summer weekdays. During each summer we typically distribute between 15,500 and 17,500 lunches lunches at 21 sites throughout the county. Children 18 and younger may participate in the program by going to a designated lunch site during the meal service. No pre-registration for lunch is required.

Population(s) Served

Food for Peoples's SENIOR & HOMEBOUND PROGRAMS work hard to serve seniors and people with disabilities at 16 sites countywide. We believe that providing nutritious food to our seniors to help them maintain their health and independence should be our first line of defense against chronic and age-related conditions .

Population(s) Served

FRESH PRODUCE & LOCAL FOODS PORGRAMS: Last year Food for Perople distributed more than 2 million pounds of food to low-income Humboldt County households —36% of the food distributed was fresh produce! Our GLEANING, FOOD DRIVE, and LOCAL FOOD RECOVERY PROGRAMS work with local farmers, stores, and community members to access healthy food for those in need while cutting down on food waste, while our FREE PRODUCE MARKETS and MOBILE PRODUCE PANTRY work to provide fresh fruits and vegetables county-wide to those in need.

Population(s) Served

Food for People works hard to provide tools for people to use to create healhy successful lives. Our ADVOCACY, CALFRESH OUTREACH, NUTRITION EDUCATION, VOLUNTEER and WORK READINESS PROGRAMS work to advocate for policies that reduce poverty and hunger, connect people with existing hunger relief programs, educate on the importance of access to healthy foods and how to use them, and offers ways for those in need to gain work experience so that everyone in our community can build a better life. Many of our volunteers and work readiness staff gain vocational skills that help them secure stable, fulfilling employment.

Population(s) Served

Food for People's EMERGENCY FOOD & DISASTER PROGRAM makes food available to communities affected by an emergency or disaster situation. Humboldt County can experience numerous types of natural disasters and emergencies, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, to the current pandemic. As first responders, state, county and city emergency personnel are poised to respond all over the county to such events. However, their supplies, equipment and staffing may be severely limited to respond to all emergency situations based on the scope, nature and location of the disaster. That’s where Humboldt County VOAD, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, comes into play. Food for People has been an active member since it’s inception in 1992.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1982

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Food for People is the primary food collection and distribution hub serving low-income households throughout Humboldt County, California. Each year we distribute nearly 2 million pounds of food, to 10% of the county’s population, which is spread across 4,000 square miles in our rural area.
We envision a community where everyone has access to good quality, nutritious food, understands the consequences of hunger and poor nutrition and is committed to creating a stronger, healthier and more resilient Humboldt County.

Food for People is working to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of our community. We fight hunger by: providing food to more than 100 countywide partners and pantry sites; operating programs that provide nutrition assistance to Children, Seniors, and Homebound Individuals; operating programs to address the root causes of hunger and poor nutrition including Work Training, SNAP/CalFresh Outreach, Nutrition Education, and Advocacy; efforts to increase access to fresh & local foods through Free Produce Markets and countywide Mobile Produce Pantry distributions; programs to reduce waste including Gleaning, Food Drives, and Local Store Food Recovery Program; and an Emergency Food & Disaster Program that makes food available to those affected by a disaster.

Food for People has been working to eliminate local hunger for more than 40 years, and the breadth of our programs has grown over the years in response to local needs. Like most nonprofits, our approach to ensuring the sustainability and success of our programs is wide-ranging and varied. We utilize a variety of funding sources including foundations, government contracts, grants, events, and donations from the general public. This combined support has allowed Food for People to grow our programs to meet he need in our county while maintaining financial stability. We utilize a variety of proven data collection methods that help us track and analyze client services for continuous improvement, monitor all financial transactions, and manage our inventory so that we are fully accountable to the local, state and federal entities that monitor our organization annually.

When we first opened our doors in 1979, Food for People was no more than a small food closet intent upon filling the void for emergency food assistance in Humboldt County. Food distribution grew steadily from those humble beginnings, and Food for People has evolved into a food hub which provides food for 17 food pantries located throughout the County in addition to our direct service programs. Today we operate a total of 18 community food programs, each of which is designed to address the needs of those who are experiencing hunger and food insecurity in a rural county.
While areas of the economy are improving, in Humboldt many continue to face economic challenges, and an increasing number of people find themselves in need of services as the area faces the challenges of shifting trade sectors and high housing costs. The need for food assistance has not lessened; in particular populations, such as seniors and children, we are seeing a marked increase in requests for food assistance. Food for People must continue to look for creative and effective ways to expand access to healthy, nutritious foods and connect people to the services that will help them move towards financial sustainability and food security. Our future plans include identifying additional space for food storage and directly addressing strategies to fight hunger and its root causes.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOOD FOR PEOPLE INC

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Martha Spencer

Senior Planner, County of Humboldt, Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021

Carol Vander Meer

Vice President of the Board

Amber Madrone

Board Secretary

Lew Litzky

Board Tresurer

Jerome Simone

Board member

Bill Daniel

Board Member

Dean Hart

Board Member

Edie Jessup

Board Member

Dorina Espinoza

Board Member

May Patino

Board Member

Gary Bird

Board Member

Melanie Bettenhausen

Board Member

Joan Levy

Board Member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes