The Redwood Unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California, in partnership with Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County, will kick off the 26th annual “Holiday Food and Fund Drive” Saturday at noon in true cowboy fashion.
A Cowboy Canned Food Convoy will begin at the Eureka Boardwalk parking lot at the foot of D Street and will parade through Old Town before returning to unload its haul at Food for People at 307 14th St. in Eureka. Families and children are invited to stop by to feed apples and carrots to the horses while the riders unload their donations.
Food for People coordinates the Holiday Food and Fund Drive on behalf of its network of 17 food pantries countywide, located as far north as Orick, south to Garberville, east to Willow Creek and Dinsmore, and many places in between. All the food that is collected within a community stays in that community to help feed local residents in need. Food for People’s holiday collection bag, which is distributed the week of Thanksgiving in the Times Standard and Redwood Times, lists the 50-plus barrel collection sites around the county. The list is also available at www.foodforpeople.org.
Another popular component of the Holiday Food and Fund Drive is the Hunger Fighter Challenge, a friendly competition between local teams to see who can collect the most food and funds to help feed the community. The Redwood Unit will be the first Hunger Fighter team to have its donation weighed in — officially kicking off the Holiday Food and Fund Drive. See the Food for People’s website, foodforpeople.org/hunger-fighter-challenge, for more information on becoming a Hunger Fighter Team.