Food for People

The Food Bank for Humboldt County

Our Staff

gro.elpoeprofdoof@bmocloha Anne Holcomb Executive Director

Anne Holcomb has served as Executive Director of Food for People since April of 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration. Her past assignments included projects in special education, assistive technology, computer recycling and development of a continuum of community-based care for individuals with disabilities. She moved from Maine to Humboldt County in December of 2000 to be closer to her adult children and growing grandchildren. She is passionately committed to creating a community in which everyone has an opportunity to grow and thrive with dignity. Anne can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 302.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@snibborc Carly Robbins Fund Development Director

Carly oversee the diverse fund development projects that help keep Food for People operational. A former Performing Arts Theatre Manager with a BA in Critical and Visual Studies from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, she brings a variety of marketing and event planning experience to our organization's fundraising efforts. A long time lover of Humboldt county Carly enjoys hiking and giving back to the community in additional ways through her work with the Lost Coast Rotaract community service group. Carly can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 306

Carrie Smith
gro.elpoeprofdoof@htimsc Carrie Smith Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator

Carrie coordinates Food for People's three Child Nutrition Programs: Backpacks for Kids, After School Snack, and Children's Summer Lunch. A Humboldt County native, she graduated from HSU with a degree in Psychology and Health Education. Her varied work experience includes working as a Health Educator for the Public Health Department, with at-risk youth in the Foster Care system, and as a Care Coordinator/Wellness Coach for those living with complex chronic health conditions. Carrie is thrilled to be working at Food for People to help support, advocate and coordinate local food distribution to hungry kids in our community! In her down time she loves to walk her dogs, hang out with friends and think about, prepare and consume good healthy food! Carrie can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 309.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@namxawd Deborah Waxman Director of Programs

Deborah provides support and technical assistance for Food for People's food distribution, outreach and advocacy programs, working to help households access and afford nutritious foods throughout Humboldt County and California. She formerly served as Food for People's Community Education & Outreach Coordinator, and has been with Food for People since 2007. Deborah graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a B.A. in Communications and received a Master's Degree from Humboldt State University's Environment & Community Program, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Deborah can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 314.

Desiree Hill
gro.elpoeprofdoof@llihd Desiree Hill Warehouse Coordinator

Desiree is a Warehouse Coordinator at Food for People. A native to California, Desiree has been living in Humboldt County after a 14 year detour in Ohio. She enjoys jigsaw puzzles in her free time and is a mom to two wonderful children. Desiree was drawn to working at Food for People because she wanted to give back to the community and likes that she is part of helping people meet such a basic need as food. She is a hard worker who puts her organization and puzzle skills to work keeping the warehouse on the move. Desiree can be reached at or (707) 445-3166.

Erin Tharp
gro.elpoeprofdoof@prahte Erin Tharp Choice Pantry Coordinator

Erin brings a lot of experience to her role as our Choice Pantry Coordinator, having spent a long time volunteering in the pantry before getting hired on to manage our senior and homebound programs. Originally from Santa Cruz, she moved to Humboldt County in 2013 with her kids (who by the way, love going to the beach and hiking through the woods with their mom). Erin believes in the work we do at Food for People and feels it is really important to our community. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of that work.  When she has time off, she loves to cook for her family or cozy up with a good book. Erin can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 317.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@hguhcmh Heidi McHugh Community Education & Outreach Coordinator

Heidi coordinates Food for People's Calfresh Outreach, Hunger 101, and advocacy programs. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Zoology, Heidi previously worked at the Northern California Community Blood Bank as a Lab Assistant and Product Manager. When she's not working, you can find her playing with her two young sons, her assortment of Chihuahuas and an elderly cat. She also loves working in her garden surrounded by her sunflowers. Heidi can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 308.

Karen 2015
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yrubsak Karen Asbury Inventory Database Manager

Karen manages our complex Inventory Database. She has a long history of working with non-profits, coming most recently from the Ink People Center for the Arts. Karen is a computer science major with an AS in Computer Information Systems (CIS) and is a Certified Networking Technician. She enjoys using her specific set of skills to benefit Food for People and our programs. Karen can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 316

Michael Quintana
gro.elpoeprofdoof@anatniuqm Michael Quintana CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistor

Michael Quintana is our bilingual CalFresh Outreach staff, assisting households with applying for CalFresh, maintaining their benefits, and learning more about the program. He brings a variety of skills to his position as CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistor. He has a long history in health care, specifically as a business owner and provider at prosthetic clinics in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. His expertise with the Spanish language is a big asset in helping to expand the reach of his program. Michael enjoys making a positive contribution to the community and helping to increase the accessibility of healthy food to our neighbors in need.  Work or play, Michael is very interested in health and you can find him exercising, meditating, cooking healthy food, or gardening when not at work. Michael can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 318.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@rebeesm Mike Seeber Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator

As Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator, Mike runs farm stand style produce distributions in rural Humboldt County communities and works with our Outreach team to connect households with CalFresh. Mike's previous background was in the recycling and reuse industry, with a passion for living a sustainable life to help ensure that a healthy Earth exists for generations to come. When not at work, Mike can be found in the gym, backpacking, bicycling, running, practicing yoga, gardening, and cooking healthy, nutritious food. Mike can be reached at or (707) 445-3166.

Philip Anzada, Volunteer and Direct Services Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@adaznAP Philip Anzada Volunteer and Direct Services Manager

Philip joins us back at Food for People after a brief hiatus in the Bay Area. His previous experience includes managing programs and services for the National Multiple Scleorisis Society and coordinating disaster response for the American Red Cross. After almost two years as the Volunteer Coordinator at Food for People, he brings his passion and dedication to the mission in this new role as the Volunteer and Direct Services Manager. With an undergraduate degree in Biology from Humboldt State University, he his happy to again be a part of the Humboldt County community. In his free time Philip can be found enjoying the beautiful backdrop of our community with his husband Juan and his dog Otto. Philip can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 310

gro.elpoeprofdoof@hsaels Sierra Leash Local Food Resources Coordinator

Sierra coordinates Food for People’s Gleaning and Food Drive programs, which are an essential part of supporting the food needs of our community.  Having lived in Humboldt County most of her life,  she understands the unique needs of our area and enjoys working directly with community members and farmers.  After graduating with a B.S. in Nursing from Humboldt State University in 2011, Sierra gravitated towards humanitarian service and preventative care rather than pursuing a career in Nursing.  She is passionate about living a life of service, and after many years of volunteering with Food for People is thrilled to join an organization that aligns so strongly with her values.  Sierra’s other passions include exploring nature with her chiweenie (dog) Nina Simone, supporting refugees in other countries, crocheting, and travel. Sierra can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

Tim Crosby
gro.elpoeprofdoof@ybsorct Tim Crosby Operations Manager

Tim is Food for People's Operations Manager, ensuring that all of our programs have the food orders and deliveries essential for carrying out our services--and so much more. Tim has been with us for several years prior to this, helping us to develop, shape and operate our newest program, the Mobile Produce Pantry. His eclectic background includes stints as a brewer, cabbie, roadie and credit analyst. His free time is filled with small batch coffee roasting, hearth style bread baking, organic gardening and gadget tinkering. Tim can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 304

gro.elpoeprofdoof@esuorz Zack Rouse Community Food Programs Coordinator

Zack coordinates Food for People's Homebound Delivery Program, Senior Brown Bag program, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors age 60+. Zack is a trained actor and saxophonist, has worked at some wonderful theatres across the country, and is, for better or for worse, two degrees from Kevin Bacon. He attended Humboldt State University and is so pleased to be working with Food for People, providing much needed food to seniors in Humboldt County. Zack can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 303

gro.elpoeprofdoof@zaidy Ysabel Diaz Pantry Network Coordinator

Ysabel works with our partner food pantries and congregate meal sites throughout Humboldt County, helping them provide emergency food assistance in their local communities. Ysabel has spent the past few years living and working in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There she volunteered at a local non-profit organization called El Departamento de la Comida (The Department of Food) which provided local, agro-ecologically grown food to the community. It was at El Departamento that her passion for food justice was truly sparked, and she is excited to follow that passion here at Food for People. Ysabel studied at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA and has a degree in Biology – Environmental Studies. You can find her at the Dunes, binoculars in hand, spying for hidden song birds. Ysabel can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 313

ude.tdlobmuh@473fe Edward Fernandez Graduate Intern

Edward is an Applied Anthropology graduate student at Humboldt State University (HSU) researching accessibility to affordable fresh food in addition to food deserts. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from HSU, which helped solidify a strong commitment to social justice and crafted a desire to provide equity to those that need it. He brings a critical perspective, energy, and a phenomenological approach to the various projects he assists and oversees. Edward enjoys good conversation, nature, and adventure. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking and photography -sometimes at the same time.

Hannah Hart-Pomerantz, Senior Programs Intern
moc.liamg@ztnaremop.hannah Hannah Hart-Pomerantz Senior Programs Intern

Hannah is the Senior Programs Intern who helps coordinate Food for People’s Homebound Delivery Program, the Senior Brown Bag Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors. Hannah is currently a student at UC Santa Cruz majoring in Cognitive Science. She grew up in Humboldt County and loves exploring the outdoors in her free time. She also plays soccer for UC Santa Cruz and really enjoy running. She is excited to be working with Food for People and looks forward to working with the organization to help out the Humboldt County.

Jassel Aguirre, Volunteer and Direct Services Intern
ude.tdlobmuh@941agJ Jassel Aguirre Volunteer and Direct Services Intern

Jassel currently attends Humboldt State University and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. After she finishes her last semester at HSU she plans on giving back to her hometown in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Having previously volunteered at the Food for People Choice Pantry in Eureka, Jassel decided to further her involvement in the Humboldt County community by becoming an intern. She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, and you can find her with a book in hand at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Madeline Bauman – Local Food Resources Intern
ude.tdlobmuh@868bjm Madeline Bauman Local Food Resources Intern

Madeline is Food for People's Local Food Resources Coordination Intern. Throughout her summertime internship, she will be coordinating with local farms regarding gleaning, as well as directly gleaning backyards and local farmer’s markets for fresh veggies and leafy greens. Madeline is ecstatic to be working for Food for People, as it aligns with her belief in accessible, local, nutrient-rich food for all! She looks forward to exploring and participating in the many programs Food for People offers. A Monterey, California Native, Madeline moved behind the redwood curtain to be a student at HSU. She now studies English Composition with plans to study Spanish abroad. In her free time, Madeline loves soaking up the natural beauties of Humboldt, including (but not limited to) swimming in the humbling frigidity of the Pacific ocean, prancing throughout the redwoods, eating the delicious foods she picks with her own hands, writing poems, singing with her ukulele, kayaking, and biking! Madeline is inspired by the work Food for People does and is excited to contribute her energy to various programs.