Need Food?

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 along with proof of residency for the family. First time clients do not need an appointment, but should bring their Social Security card or other legal document containing the number along with current mail (such as a utility bill) to register. Each Social Security number must be verified annually by an official Social Security card or other legal document containing the number.

Click here to see information on other food shelves in or near Sawyer County: Food Shelves in or Near Sawyer County. 

The Sawyer County Senior Resource Center offers meal programs to seniors. Click here for information on meals provided at senior center locations or home delivered meals in Sawyer County: Sawyer County Senior Resource Center.

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.

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. People who have lost jobs or income may obtain a monthly share of American-grown meat, vegetables, fruit, juice and more through HCFS. Enrollment is confidential and simple. Proof of address and identification are required, but proof of income is not required. HCFS will provide TEFAP food once a month starting the day of application. If a family does not meet the income requirement and still needs food assistance, just mention this when registering and other arrangements can be made.  Click here to get more information about qualifying income levels for TEFAP.

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 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.

“Best Before” Date Expired?

Some food items you receive may be past the “Best Before” dates printed on the package. “Best Before” dates do not mean a product is expired. Except for infant formula, dates are not an indicator of the product’s safety.

  • “Best if Used By/Before”indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • “Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. It is not a safety date.
  • “Use-By”date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. It is not a safety date except for when used on infant formula.

For more information, review guidelines at:

When is the food shelf open?

Every Monday and the first Saturday of the month
(except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Emergency Closing Policy:

  • Hayward Community Food Shelf may be closed for weather related issues as well as for a lack of critical resources such as electricity or volunteers.
  • If the Hayward Public Schools announce a delayed opening or an emergency closing, all HCFS programs WILL be closed for that same time period.
  • If the schools are closed for vacation and the weather and/or roads are very poor, the Hayward Community Food Shelf MAY be closed.
  • A notice will be posted as soon as possible on the Hayward Community Food Shelf Facebook page and on other local sites. Watch the Duluth television stations or listen to any of these radio stations for the announcement: WOJB – 88.9 FM, WHSM – 101.1 FM, WRLS – 92.3 FM


Hayward Community Food Shelf