Equity Arcata’s Home Away From Home hosted a distribution day for college students

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ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM)- Equity Arcata’s Home Away from Home working group hosted a distribution event for local college students earlier today.

Home away from home held their second distribution day event of the year.

“This is our second distribution day. Prior to the pandemic, we hosted four potlucks a year, with our fellow students, but due to COVID we can’t gather and have potlucks,” said Cati Gallardo, the communications working group chair for Equity Arcata. “So, we’ve pivoted and thanks to funding for the Humboldt Area Foundation we’ve been able to have two distributions this year.”      

College students had a chance to pick up a free meal from Taqueria La Barca and a bag full of household supplies, hygiene products and some things to keep warm during the winter.

Gallardo says that this event is about connecting students with the local community.

“It’s really important that we do this this winter month and also it’s the holidays,” said Gallardo. “We want to make sure that our college students from CR, from HSU, from Dell’Arte and throughout the greater community know that the community really cares about them and wants them to succeed.”          

Students were very grateful to have an event like this happen to help out during such a tough time.

“I think this is really important right now just to remind all of us that we still are a community even though we can’t be physically on campus and just to like get food and goods.” said Anna Pretlow, a student at Humboldt State University. “That is such a supportive and encouraging thing.”