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Right before the pandemic, you may remember, the crucial Humboldt County nonprofit food bank Food for People suffered a catastrophic blow at its headquarters on Eureka’s 14th Street — a city sewage line backed up and flowed into its building, contaminating tens of thousands of dollars worth of food and rendering the premises uninhabitable.

A month later, moved into the old Eureka Chamber of Commerce office on Broadway, the stalwart Humboldt County nonprofit’s services became more needed than ever as thousands of people became newly unemployed. Food for People rose to the task, holding mass food distribution events around the county while continuing to serve its regular clients.

It’s time for some good news. Food for People is now set to demolish and rebuild its 14th Street headquarters, and it’s doing that with a virtual celebration at noon today. There’ll be special guests from around the state, and you’ll get to watch them start to smash the old building down.

Press release from Food for People:

Join us for a virtual event on October 9th to update our community on the progress being made to rebuild a food bank facility that will ensure every person in Humboldt County in need can access nutritious foods, and local children, seniors, and families can connect with services that address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Local and state legislators will join the event to discuss the state of food security in our area.

There will also be on a live sneak peek to see demolition kick off and celebrate moving forward as we work to create a healthier, safer community so all can thrive.

People are encouraged to preregister. The first 50 people to register using the Zoom link will receive a Food for People face mask!

Register here with Zoom, or follow watch on Facebook Live, at noon, at this link.