Humboldt Food Bank Sending Food to Santa Rosa to Help with Fire Relief
This is a press release from the Food Bank for Humboldt County:
EUREKA—Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County, is sending staff and a cargo van to assist its partner food bank in Santa Rosa, Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB). The REFB staff has been working around the clock to respond to food needs in Santa Rosa, including providing critical food to shelters throughout Sonoma County for evacuees displaced by the fires. They also want to ensure that those who needed food assistance before the fires are still able to access their help.
As Food for People executive director Anne Holcomb stated, “This is about partnership. Many of our colleagues are impacted right now, and we want to do everything we can to support them, because we know they would do the same for us.” Several of the REFB’s staff and their families have either already evacuated or are in the process of evacuating their homes due to the active nature of this extreme fire event. Food for People’s Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator Mike Seeber is headed south to Santa Rosa to offer relief to the REFB’s warehouse staff, driving a Food for People cargo van full of food donated by Eureka Grocery Outlet. The REFB is in dire need of financial donations, volunteers and ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that can be provided to evacuation centers immediately, many of which do not have kitchens for preparing meals. Up to date information about current needs can be found on their website at www.refb.org. Food for People is grateful to the Eureka Grocery Outlet for helping to fill the van with chicken noodle soup for our neighbors to the south.
In addition to helping out a fellow Food Bank in need Seeber will bring back important knowledge and experience to help Food for People further develop its own Emergency Food & Disaster Response Plan for Humboldt County. Should a major disaster strike and resources become scarce, Food for People will play a major role as part of the first line of community food relief before outside relief organizations will be able to reach our rural area. In some scenarios this could take weeks. Food for People would work with its network of 17 food pantries and partner organizations to distribute food throughout the county to those experiencing hardship.