General Program

HCFS is open every Monday and the first Saturday of each month (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Any resident of Sawyer County, Birchwood, Cable, Springbrook, or Stone Lake is eligible to receive assistance from HCFS. Enrollment is confidential and simple. No appointment is needed; just bring proof of address, an ID and a document showing social security numbers for each person being registered. No proof of income is required. Individuals can come once each month to receive a generous three-day supply of food. For details check the information provided under the “Need Food” and the “Brochure” tabs.


HCFS is an authorized food distributor in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and provides no-cost groceries for households that have incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level. HCFS will provide TEFAP food once a month. Click here to get more information about qualifying income levels for TEFAP.

Birthday Bags

When available, birthday bags are given to children ages 3 to 9 during their birthday month.

Food 4 Kids

Food 4 Kids is a year round “backpack” program that provides weekend meals to participating children who attend any Hayward Public School, any LCO School, or St. Francis Mission School. During the school year, weekend meals are provided weekly to the children at school. The food is distributed each Friday (or the last scheduled school day) at school.

There is no charge for this food and families do not need to be clients of the Hayward Community Food Shelf to receive this food. Registration forms for the Food 4 Kids program are available at the school offices or click here to download a form.

Food 4 Kids Summer Program

During the summer (June, July and August), food for up to 8 extra meals may be picked up each month at the food shelf.  Every child that attends any Hayward Public School, LCO School, St. Francis Mission School, or home schooled through one of these schools is eligible.

Please note:

Food 4 Seniors

Emergency bags of food are provided in conjunction with the Sawyer County Senior Resource Center’s Meals on Wheel Program.

Food 4 Transition

Emergency bags of food are provided to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department for distribution as they deem appropriate.

Summer Picnic

In addition to regular food given to clients, ingredients for an end-of-the summer picnic are usually distributed in August.

Holiday Meals

An extra meal is given in November to help families celebrate a holiday. Those who don’t come in November may receive their holiday meal in December.

Additional programs may be available periodically at the discretion of the Board.