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The Eureka Salvation Army will hand out over 400 food boxes to individuals and families in need this Sunday, May 31.

Eureka Salvation Army Officer Loretta Scott told the Outpost that the boxes will include food items, such as pasta and canned goods, as well as toilet paper and paper towels.

Distribution begins at noon, but volunteers will be outside starting at 11:30 a.m. to help guide people on where to go and to help make the event as streamline as possible, Scott said. 

To help keep everyone safe, Scott said, the organization asks that people wear masks or facial coverings while picking up a box.

You can find more information in the following press release from the Salvation Army:

What: The Salvation Army of Eureka will hold a drive-thru food box distribution event at their corps location to help hundreds of families in need. The 400 food boxes were given to the Eureka nonprofit by another Salvation Army location in Northern California. Volunteers will help distribution the boxes, following safety guidelines set forth by the city, county and state. 

This will be Eureka’s first drive-thru food distribution since the Coronavirus Emergency started. The drive-thru is to ensure the safety of clients, employees and volunteers amid the pandemic.   

Why: Food insecurity is affecting a lot of people right now due to COVID-19. More and more are finding it harder to get the food they need to feed their families. 

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human need without discrimination. When this crisis began, the nonprofit stepped up its services to help those most vulnerable. Providing food has been a main part of that response. You can learn more at

Who: The 400 food boxes will be given away on a first come, first served bases. Families and individuals should bring an ID, if possible, to receive a food box. Those interested in receiving a food box can call (707) 442-6475 with additional questions.

Where: The Salvation Army of Eureka, 2123 Tydd Street, Eureka, CA 95501

When: Sunday, May 31, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.