HCFS Connections (Links)
Second Harvest is the largest private non-profit distributor of food in Wisconsin and a member of the Feeding America organization (www.feedingamerica.org). Through warehouses in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley, they distribute more than 12 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,100 pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies that serve nearly 300,000 people in the eastern half of Wisconsin. HCFS benefits from these services primarily by participating in special programs they offer; i.e. Wal-Mart End of Code Program.
Feed My People Food Bank, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is as a partner distribution outlet for Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul, Minnesota. They are the crucial link between food manufacturers, suppliers, and the front-line agencies like the Hayward Community Food Shelf that provide direct service to the hungry. They distribute to 125 agencies in the 14 counties in west central Wisconsin. HCFS receives food and other items from this agency every month. Some items are free to us while others are purchased at a greatly reduced price. By being affiliated with this group, HCFS is able to use donated funds to provide more relief to our clients.
The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Extension Family Living Program, plans and provides free, community-based nutrition education programs with a university research-based context, to limited resource individuals, families and groups. A representative from WNEP provides hands-on instruction and samples at HCFS on the first Monday of six months during our regular hours.
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Any person living in Sawyer County, Birchwood, Cable, Springbrook or Stone Lake is eligible to receive assistance from HCFS. Each Social Security number must be verified annually by an official Social Security care or other legal document containing the number.
Individuals receive a three-day supply of food. Every attempt is made to provide the ingredients for well-balanced meals. Clients may receive assistance one time each month. Some clients receive assistance only once while others need assistance monthly for many years.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of our clients are adults between the ages of 18 and 59, children make up thirty-one percent (31%) and the remaining eighteen percent (18%) are seniors. Our clients come from a wide variety of situations. Some are disabled, some are working, and some simply cannot find gainful employment in this area. Our average family size is 2.5 individuals.