Looking for Help?
If you live in Eureka, visit Food for People in person or call us at (707) 445-3166 to pre-schedule an appointment for the current week. A receptionist is available Monday though Friday from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. to schedule your appointment. Monday is the best day to call, because appointments fill up quickly! A very limited number of walk-in appointments may be available each distribution day, but it really is best to call ahead. Our regular distribution days are:
- Every Tuesday 10:00am to 3:30pm
- Every Wednesday 10:00am to 3:30pm
- Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00am to 3:30pm
- Every Friday from 10:00am to 3:30pm
To see whether we are closed for a holiday or have any other changes to our schedule, please click here to visit the Food for People calendar.
More About the Choice Pantry
The Choice Pantry, located at Food for People in Eureka, provides income-eligible community members with access to healthy and nutritious foods. Our system emphasizes both choice and a balanced diet. People “shop” through their food selection process much like they would in a grocery store, rather than receiving pre-packaged bags.
While the specific selection of food will vary from month to month, items from each nutritional food group (dairy, protein, grains, fruits, vegetables) are always represented. The choice system helps families to go home with the foods that they need and like while leaving behind items that they will not use, so none goes to waste. Volunteers and staff members are available to help shoppers with any questions about food groups, ingredients or Nutrition Facts labels. We even include recipe cards and taste tests throughout the pantry, to help shoppers with cooking ideas for healthy meals and snacks.
To reach our Choice Pantry Coordinator directly, call (707) 445-3166, ext. 317. If you need immediate assistance with the Choice Pantry, please call the front desk.
Our Choice Pantry primarily serves residents of Eureka. There are 15 other pantries located throughout the county, and each one is intended to serve its nearby community members. Click here to view a complete list of all Humboldt County food pantries.
Each household may “shop” in the Choice Pantry once per calendar month. To access pantry commodity foods, households must meet the following monthly income guidelines:
- Household of 1 = $2445.96
- Household of 2 = $3,311.54
- Household of 3 = $4,177.13
- Household of 4 = $5,024.71
- Household of 5 = $5,908.29
- Household of 6 = $6,773.88
- Household of 7 = $7,639.46
- Household of 8 = $8,505.04
- Household of 9 = $9,370.63
- Household of 10 =$10,263.21
- Over 10 = Add $865.58 each
How do I make an appointment in the Choice Pantry?
1. COME IN OR CALL THE PANTRY
See the receptionist in person or call Food for People at (707) 445-3166 to pre-schedule an appointment for the current week. A receptionist is available Monday though Friday from 9am-4:30pm to schedule your appointment.
As available, appointment times will be offered within our regular Choice Pantry distribution hours:
Every Tuesday 10am to 3:30pm
Every Wednesday 10am to 3:30pm
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am to 3:30pm
Every Friday from 10am to 3:30pm
Please bring bags from home with you to your appointment, as our bag resources are low.
If you are physically unable to get to the pantry, another option is to fill out a proxy form or note that gives someone specific permission to pick up food on your behalf. When someone picks up for you, either this form (click here to download) must be used OR a hand-written note that contains the same info, which includes: Date, name of person food is for, name of person who has permission to pick up the food, signature, address, zip code, number of people in household. Please click here for the Spanish version of the form.
2. COME IN AT YOUR PRE-SCHEDULED APPOINMENT TIME
Check in with the receptionist at your appointment time, and then wait for your name to be called by an interviewer. You will find Choice Pantry informational pamphlets, healthy recipes and community resource information to look over in the lobby.
3. MEET WITH AN INTERVIEWER
Your interviewer will collect information from you about your household, provide you with additional community resources, and answer any questions about the Choice Pantry that you may have. The interviewer get you started with shopping in the Choice Pantry.
4. SHOP IN THE CHOICE PANTRY
Shop through the pantry with a shopping cart, just like in a grocery store. There are signs in each section of the pantry showing how many items a household can select from each section. Volunteers are available throughout the pantry to help answer questions. Food selections are made throughout the Choice Pantry according to categories and food groups (commodity/staple items, grains, protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, etc.). You are welcome to make selections from the shelves and the refrigerators and freezer. Assistance will be offered to help pack and carry out your items.
Are you looking for more fresh produce to bring home to your family?
Need some assistance with your CalFresh application?
Appointments with our helpful staff CalFresh assistors can be conveniently scheduled just before or after your appointment in the Choice Pantry, or you can stop by any Monday during open CalFresh hours. A separate appointment date and time for CalFresh assistance can also be arranged. Call Heidi McHugh at (707) 445-3166 x308, or Michael Quintana at extension 318, to make a CalFresh appointment, or ask to be transferred to one of them just after you make your Choice Pantry food appointment. Click here to read more about our CalFresh Outreach program and learn about eligibility, the application process and how to get started.
Choice Pantry Experiences
“Thank you for your happy helpful spirit and good nutrition. And thanks for walking me through.”
“Keep up the good work. I cannot express my personal gratitude to you all for the work you do, so I will say “Thank you very much.”
“Thank you for all your wonderful work and amazing service to the community. There have been many months that my family would have gone without food if it wasn’t for Food for People. All of your volunteers and employees always have a bright and sunny disposition. Again, thank you!”
Interested in volunteering in the Choice Pantry? We have many positions available such as: receptionist, intake interviewer, shoppers’ helper, warehouse assistant, volunteer meal cook and assistant to the cook. Click here to visit our volunteer information page, and find out about these and many other volunteer opportunities
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