Lo­cally De­li­cious gets ready for Thanks­giv­ing

Times Standard (Eureka) - - COMMUNITY -

Ev­ery year for more than a decade, Lo­cally De­li­cious has raised funds to help en­sure all com­mu­nity mem­bers can have a boun­ti­ful Thanks­giv­ing. Food for Peo­ple uses those funds to con­tract with lo­cal farm­ers in Hum­boldt County to grow pro­duce specif­i­cally for the food bank’s clients through­out the grow­ing sea­son.

The funding is given to the farm­ers early in the spring, which helps them at a time when financial re­sources may be scarce. In exchange, farm­ers agree to grow a spe­cific crop for the food bank at an agreed price for that sea­son. Pri­or­ity is given to smaller farms, which can use the money to ex­pand pro­duc­tion. In con­sul­ta­tion with the farm­ers, Food for Peo­ple se­lects crops that pro­vide a di­ver­sity of pro­duce through­out the sea­son and that can eas­ily be used by peo­ple who may have lim­ited cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Since 2009, the Lo­cally De­li­cious Food for Peo­ple Farmer Fund has raised more than $130,000, which has stim­u­lated the lo­cal econ­omy by en­abling dozens of Hum­boldt County farm­ers to pro­vide many tons of fresh, nutritious pro­duce to peo­ple who might oth­er­wise not be able to af­ford it.

In con­junc­tion with Giv­ing

Tues­day, on Dec. 3, Food for Peo­ple is en­cour­ag­ing folks to make a do­na­tion to help the food pro­gram to en­sure ev­ery­one in Hum­boldt County has a healthy, happy Thanks­giv­ing next year. Do­na­tions can be made on­line at http://lo­cally-de­li­cious. org/do­nate/do­nate-to-ff­p­farmer-pro­gram or by mail to PO Box 309, Ar­cata, CA 95518. Be sure to write FFP Farmer Fund in the memo field.

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