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@yenneka Allison Kenney Local Food Resources Coordinator

Allison works with local farmers and backyard gardeners to utilize our region’s agricultural abundance to help supply Food for People programs with nutrient-dense produce. She is passionate about minimizing food waste and building community around food through the Gleaning program. Allison also manages our Food Drive program. Previously she has worked on organic vegetable farms in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Her background in growing food to feed her community inspired her to find a way to also help those in need. In her free time she can be found getting creative in the kitchen, backpacking in the Trinity Alps, or hunting for mushrooms. Allison can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 312.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@snibborc Carly Robbins Development Director

Carly manages the diverse development and capital projects that keep the food bank operational and moving towards a successful future and oversees the organization's communications and marketing efforts.  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. She is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Eureka and is a founding member and past president of the Lost Coast Rotaract Club. Carly can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 306  

Carrie Smith
gro.elpoeprofdoof@noitirtuNdlihC Carrie Smith Child & Senior Programs Coordinator

Carrie coordinates Food for People's Senior & Homebound programs (CSFP, Senior Brown Bag, and Homebound Delivery) and Child Nutrition Programs (Backpacks for Kids 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 loves working at Food for People to help support, advocate, and coordinate local food distribution to seniors, folks who are homebound, and 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@ksirfc Chris Frisk Warehouse Inventory Specialist

Chris moved to Humboldt by way of Sacramento and Santa Barbara. Chris brings a lot of skills to Food for People with approximately 20 years of retail and wholesale grocery experience, most of it in the produce world. As the Warehouse Inventory Specialist, Chris is heavily involved in our daily warehouse operations, helping to keep our inventory tight by tracking food usages as well as helping to plan and pack food orders for various program distributions. In his free time, you can find Chris on his mountain bike in the redwood forest or at home with his guitar in hand. Chris can be reached at

gro.elpoeprofdoof@notpitc Corey Tipton Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager

Corey came to Food for People after many years working as a small business consultant and for other local nonprofits. As our Bookkeeper/Business Resources Manager, Corey wears many hats at the food bank (proudly sporting one for each day of the week). Corey brings a myriad of experience, from accounting and HR to IT to overseeing our vehicle fleet and building maintenance. A graduate of HSU with a degree in Journalism and Communications, with special emphasis in Environmental Ethics and Technology, Corey enjoys spending time with his young son, adventuring around the scenic beauty of Humboldt County’s beaches, rivers and mountains. Corey brings his passion for helping people -  whether client, volunteer or staff - to ensure that everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Corey can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 307.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@namxawd Deborah Waxman Director of Programs

Deborah helps support overall food bank operations, providing training, guidance, grant reporting, and technical assistance for Food for People's staff and programs and ensuring that programs adhere to contracted regulations. She also helps facilitate the links between our food distribution programs and warehouse/logistics team. 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.

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. 

Heidi McHugh
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 proceeded to become a passionate advocate for social justice.   When she's not working, you can find her wrangling her two young sons and her dogs.  She also loves working in her garden surrounded by her sunflowers. Heidi can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 308.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@reyebj Jessica Beyer Mobile Produce Pantry Coordinator

Jessica runs our Mobile Produce Pantry program, bringing free access to fresh fruits and vegetables (and a lot of it locally grown!) to communities throughout Humboldt County. Jessica has more than 20 years combined experience in customer service and graphic design. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, reading about art history, and nature. She also enjoys being part of the neurodiverse community in Humboldt County and is a passionate advocate for disability rights. Jessica can be reached at

gro.elpoeprofdoof@yelgnalj Judy Langley Fundraising Administrative Assistant

Judy assists our Development Director with processing donations and completing a variety of other projects that need attention. A retired postmaster, with a BA in English/Theatre Arts from Humboldt State, she brings a variety of skills to Food for People. She has served on the board for Redwood Coast Montessori for four years as Chairman and belongs to Redwood Empire Quilters Guild. In her free time, she enjoys her family, volunteering at her daughter’s school, quilting, reading, playing computer games, and teaching her children to grow food and create new food dishes. Judy can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 320.

gro.elpoeprofdoof@nayrj Julie Ryan Volunteer & Direct Services Manager

Julie wants you to volunteer at Food for People, and she is the main source for upcoming and ongoing opportunties to fit almost any schedule. Whether it's a weekly food distrubution, monthly packing project in the warehouse, or special drive-through distribution,  Julie ensures that Food for People is a safe welcoming space for all. Julie enjoys wearing many hats and helping to support all of Food for Peoples programs. She is a Humboldt State graduate who has served the local community by working and volunteering in the non-profit sector and is dedicated to making her corner of the universe a better place. When not at Food for People, Julie spends her time volunteering, reading, gardening, and delights in taking her dog on adventures. Julie can be reached at or (707) 445-3166 ext. 310.

Karen Asbury, Inventory Database Manager
gro.elpoeprofdoof@yrubsak Karen Asbury Sourcing & Inventory Control 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

gro.elpoeprofdoof@namdogm Mikayla Godman Pantry Network Coordinator

Mikayla is the Pantry Network Coordinator at Food for People. She helps make sure that all of our remote pantry locations are stocked with the food and resources they need to serve their communities. She loves meeting all of the people who work at our various pantries (from Orick in the north to Garberville in the south, and out east to Hoopa, Bridgeville and beyond) and making sure we all feel like one big Food for People family. She came to this organization as a student of History and HSU. She fell in love with the people here and our vision of making sure no one who needs help goes hungry. In her free time, Mikayla loves running and hiking all over Humboldt county and cooking with local produce. Contact her at or 707-445-3166 ext. 313.