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Food Shelf Reducing Hunger with Increased Service in January

HCFS Press Release

The Hayward Community Food Shelf (HCFS) continues to reduce hunger in our community.  In January, 234 families (553 individuals) received food assistance from HCFS’ general program.  That’s up 62 families (135 individuals) from January 2023.  Over 37,300 pounds of food was distributed or 9,300 pounds more than just a year ago.  The Food 4 Kids program (F4K) also distributed more food in January this year.  809 bags of weekend food were distributed to kids in area schools who elected to participate.  That’s 77 more bags than January 2023.  F4K distributed 6,254 pounds of food last month, up 1,158 pounds from January 2023.  That means a total of over 43,500 pounds of food helped hungry people in our community thanks to the efforts of approximately 100 HCFS volunteers and hundreds of donors.  We are a community that cares and helps.

Anyone needing food assistance is encouraged to visit HCFS any Monday morning or the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  HCFS is located at 16216W Highways 63S, Hayward.  All that’s needed to register is proof of residency plus the names and birthdates of the individuals in the household.

To register for the Food 4 Kids program, simply contact the school’s office for an application.

If you’d to help those in need of food assistance in Sawyer County and nearby communities, simply write your check to the Hayward Community Food Shelf and mail it to PO Box 779, Hayward, WI 54843.  To make a fee-free credit card donation, please go through the HCFS website (

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact HCFS at 715-634-HCFS(4237) or by email at  The Facebook page is haywardcommunityfoodshelf.


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