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Trinity Community Food Outreach

05/27/2019 11:00AM ● By Emily Miranda

Reach Out

June 2019

By Emily J. Miranda
Photo Courtesy of Trinity Community Food Outreach

FIVE YEARS AGO, a passionate group of individuals decided to start a food outreach to benefit local nonprofits and the community. The goal? That no one should go hungry. 

“We had the idea to start the Trinity Community Food Outreach in order to purchase nonperishable food from Feeding America and start a storefront to sell the products to local food pantries, soup kitchens or any nonprofit at no additional cost to them,” explains Jeffry England, executive director of the Trinity Community Food Outreach and the Trinity County Food Bank. The group also wished to use their resources to aid wildfire victims. 

Their dream became reality in May 2015, when the Trinity Community Food Outreach gained nonprofit status. Word caught on, and in June 2016 the outreach purchased a 12-foot box truck with a grant from the McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, making transportation of goods more feasible. They hit another milestone when the outreach’s secretary, Connor Nixon, along with the community and local businesses raised more than $24,000 to remodel an unused section of the food bank into an operational storefront. 

This has allowed “soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers and local nonprofits to purchase food at the same cost that we purchased it for,” says England. A $25 fee covers transportation and maintenance costs for their truck. “To date we have sold over $75,000 worth of food. Also, once a month we pick up purchased food from Feeding America and pallets of free produce, bread and other food items, dividing all the free food between food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers,” England adds. 

They partnered with Pay It Forward Humboldt in 2017 during the aftermath of the Helena Fire, and more recently in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, gathering and delivering donations for survivors. They also helped purchase a full box truck and large trailer to transport donations collected by Karen Sundt to Camp Fire survivors in Magalia. Furthermore, they assisted Fido Pet Food Bank from Oregon City, Ore. in transporting more than 5,000 pounds of pet food to Chico to give out to Camp Fire survivors.

“Last August we also held a two day, stuff-the-truck event in the Holiday Market parking lot, to help replace food that was spoiled when Lewiston Carr Fire evacuees lost power,” says England. 

The food outreach has gone above and beyond, caring not only for its own community but also its neighboring counties.  And with the Trinity County Board of Supervisors’ recent financial collaboration with both the Trinity Community Food Outreach and the Trinity County Food Bank, food coming into Trinity County has tripled, making its mission to ensure “that no one should go hungry” closer than ever before. •

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