Food for People "Locally Delicious Food Fund"
In 2010, Locally Delicious started the "Food for People Food Fund" connecting local farmers to Humboldt County’s food bank, Food for People (FFP), to provide food bank clients with fresh, local food.
Donations are used to hire local farmers to grow organic, nutritious food that FFP clients will use and enjoy. This meets two Locally Delicious goals: to provide local, fresh food to community members in need and to expand and support local agriculture.
Over the six years of donations to the Food For People Food Fund, with matching funds from the St. Joseph Hospital Community Benefit Department and community members, nearly $61,000 has been raised, providing over 60 tons of food to Food for People.
Locally Delicious’s 2015 drive started with $3,000 which has been matched by St. Joseph Hospital Community Benefit Department.The generous community has already donated over $2,000 additionally. The goal is to raise more in community donations to bring the total to at least $10,000.
When you donate, please indicate "Locally Delicious Food Fund" in the Designation option.
2010 - $3,000 of Locally Delicious funding was matched with $3,000 from Joseph Hospital' Community Benefit Department. Food for People contracted with six local farmers - Neukom Family Farm, Earthly Edibles, Organic Matters Ranch, Green Fire Farm, Wild Rose Farm, and Camp Grant Ranch. Together, these farms produced over four tons of a wide variety of fresh produce for Food for People, including squash, cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, chard, kale, spinach, beets, and cauliflower.
2011 - The Locally Delicious Food Fund grew through increased community fundraising - with $3000 given by St. Joseph Hospital and Locally Delicious respectively, complimented by $1,000 from individuals. The contracted farms included Green Fire Farm, Luna Farm, Earthly Edibles, Organic Matters Ranch, Neukom Family Farm, Valley Flower Vegetable, and Home Plate Farm.
Produce items the food bank received and distributed included zucchini and other varieties of summer squash, broccoli, red and green cabbage, cauliflower, onions, winter squash, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and sugar snap peas.
2012 - The Food Fund grew by an additional $1000, providing a total of $8000 for Food For People to hire an additional two farmers in 2012. Locally Delicious and St. Joseph Hospital once again gave $3000 each, while donations from generous individuals in the community grew to over $2000. This has allowed an increase in contracted farmers to nine - Green Fire Farm, Luna Farm, New Moon Organics, Flora Organica, Organic Matters Ranch, Neukom Family Farm, Valley Flower Vegetable, Home Plate Farm, and Trident Lightning Farm.