By KAREN KYLE, Hupa Community Resource Center
September is national Hunger Action Month. Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County, joins Feeding America and food banks across the nation by calling upon our local communities to take action through the “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. One way that you can become involved is by donating food to your local family resource throughout Humboldt County. You can donate food locally to Hupa Family Resource Center in Hoopa, Willow Creek Community Resource Center or other family resource centers located throughout Humboldt County.
According to Food for People’s website, “Food for People serves approximately 10,000 people each month county wide; 35%-40% are children” Community members are invited to join the fight against hunger by raising awareness of the food crisis locally and nationwide. There are many ways to make a difference during Hunger Action Month, whether it is by advocating and raising awareness, making donations or volunteering time and energy. Working together, we can make a difference!
In 2010, 59.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. (Feeding America)
The Hoopa Tribal TANF Program and the Hupa Family Resource Center have collaborated with Food for People to provide monthly food boxes to the community in the Hoopa area. On, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, approximately 50 food boxes were given to income eligible families/ and individuals. The food boxes included fresh veggies: potatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. Canned goods included: canned chicken, diced tomatoes, pineapple, black beans, chicken soup; other items included Raisin Bran cereal and bread. Statistics from Food for People website state, “34 percent of adults in Humboldt County are at risk for hunger. The majority are on fixed incomes or are living pay check to pay check.”
Hupa Family Resource Center will provide 100 monthly food boxes to eligible community members through June, 2013 via Food for People and a grant from Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. Emergency food boxes are available until supplies last. Hupa Family Resource Center will hand out food boxes every third Thursday of the month from 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Please visit the Hupa Family Resource Center for further guidelines.
Hupa Family Resource Center also offers other services to community members; a clothing closet is available and visitors are allowed to select 5 outfits once per month; limited computer and telephone access, copying and faxing is available, application assistance is available to community members who need assistance completing forms such as; Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, SSI, job applications, resumes, etc.. and a free monthly movie night for families. The next free movie night is Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at 6pm at the Neighborhood Facilities.
Join Hunger Action Month and donate food to your local community center or organization of your choice and help those in need especially during the holiday seasons. Contact Hupa Family Resource Center for further information on emergency food boxes and other services at 530-625-4000 or visit their office behind the Hoopa Tribal TANF Office.