Kick-Off Week for Humboldt Holiday Food Drive Starts Now

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- California Senator Mike McGuire of the 2nd District held a virtual meeting this morning for the Kick-Start Week of Humboldt Holiday Food Drive. All proceeds and food donations will go to Humboldt County Food for People.

Food for People has served the Humboldt County community for over 42 years. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization provided food for 12,000 families every month. The number has now increased to 16,000. Over 5,000 children in Humboldt County rely on Food for People as their primary meals. 

“The Humboldt Holiday Food Drive provides relief for our most vulnerable and we’re asking any neighbor throughout Humboldt County that has the means to contribute to please do so,” said Senator Mike McGuire, 2nd District. 

This year marks the 7th year of the Annual Humboldt Holiday Food Drive. Six local schools are participating by holding food drop-offs on their campuses.

“The last thing people should have to worry about during the holidays is getting food on their tables. For our kickoff event, we plan to get students inspired by doing a class competition like the other schools,” said Jack Clancey, Leadership Class, McKinleyville High School.

Food for People have increased their services because of the Covid- pandemic. It also limited the ways volunteers could safely deliver food to families. 

The primary groups needing help in Humboldt County were low income families and the elderly. After two years into the pandemic, the organization also helps a large number of families and individuals who lost their jobs and/or businesses. 

“Initially, there were so many new people who never needed to ask for help but were living month to month, making enough to get by. These numbers are not going down especially with the holidays approaching,” said Anne Holcomb, Executive Director, Food For People.

Community members have now until December 8th to donate at foodforpeople.org or visit any of the six local schools participating and drop off non-perishable food items.