Food for People's Choice Food Pantries: The Power of Choice

Due to the economic downturn in 2007, many non-profit agencies are re-evaluating the systems they have in place to help the community. Humboldt County has been identified as having one of the highest rates of food insecurity and hunger statewide, highlighting the need for agencies that provide food for low-income people and families. One such agency is Food for People, Inc., the food bank for Humboldt County located in Eureka, California. Once economically stable families are now in need of assistance due to unemployment and increased food costs. Food pantries have identified a need for a more dignified way of seeking assistance. Instead of handing out pre-filled boxes, the conception of Choice Food Pantries gives customers the independence to choose the food that they will use.

by Jenna Jo Barry Highfield

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