Our mission and history

People of Progress is a nonprofit 501(c)3 serving Shasta County since 1973.

Our mission is to strengthen individuals, families and our community with particular emphasis on issues affecting low-income persons. People of Progress is unique to Shasta County and can make timely decisions to respond to emerging needs.

People of Progress began in 1973 as a food co-op. The first social service program we offered was childcare soon followed by a small grant for an education program to increase understanding of and usage of food stamps in three northern counties. One early program was a community farm in French Gulch which led to our two community gardens and orchard in Redding. Our programs have evolved and expanded as we are now one of the major food banks and emergency assistance programs in our area. In addition to our own programs, POP has always been very active in a variety of community issues and opportunities always advocating for healthy thriving inclusive communities for everyone — not just those with comfortable incomes. We have formed collaboratives and committees that specifically and successfully addressed a number of issues resulting in successful programs or program modifications in local government and in other agencies.

Our programs have evolved and expanded as we are now one of the major food banks and emergency assistance programs in our area. In addition to our own programs, People of Progress has always been very active in a variety of community issues and opportunities always advocating for healthy thriving inclusive communities for everyone — not just those with comfortable incomes. We have formed collaboratives and committees that specifically and successfully addressed a number of issues resulting in successful programs or program modifications in local government and in other agencies.

OUR GOAL is to serve our community by helping to build individual and community stability and responsibility.