Hayward Community Food Shelf (HCFS) is a non-discriminatory organization dedicated to reducing hunger in Sawyer County
Any person living in Sawyer County, Birchwood, Cable, Springbrook or Stone Lake is eligible to receive assistance from HCFS.
The only requirement is that a Social Security number for each individual seeking assistance be provided annually along with proof of residency for the family. First time clients should bring social security cards or other legal documentation to verify the social security numbers for each person, along with mail, such as a utility bill, showing current address. Social Security numbers must be verified annually by an official Social Security card 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. Government commodities are also being distributed to qualifying families. Clients may receive assistance one time each month. Some clients receive assistance only once while others need assistance more frequently.
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. Forty-nine percent (49%) of our clients are adults between the ages of 18 and 59, children make up twenty-six percent (26%) and the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) are seniors. Our average family size is 2.5 individuals.
Established by a small group of concerned citizens in 1985, the Hayward Community Food Shelf’s mission is “to provide food for those in need in an efficient, compassionate, and non-judgmental manner.” Since its creation, the need in our area has continued to increase. We now provide food assistance to approximately 300 families (700 individuals) each month. Annually, a total of just under 700 different families (2000 individuals) seek food assistance from HCFS.
HFCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization. Our purpose is funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. No government funds are received, but we do distribute government commodities. No volunteers receive any financial compensation for their efforts or contributions. All food and monetary donations are used to provide food to those in need in Sawyer County, Wisconsin and neighboring communities.