With the growing number of homeless families seeking food assistance, the Hayward Community Food Shelf (HCFS) just approved its Food 4 Homeless Program. In addition to the general food provided, volunteers make sure that all items are non-kitchen friendly and that additional items such as razors, toothbrushes, plastic utensils and napkins are also given.
HCFS currently has 15 individuals who are homeless. Some of them live in their vehicles while others move between homes of family and friends every few days or weeks.
By the end of September, HCFS had 493 families on its roster from Sawyer County and the surrounding communities. Those families represent 1,249 individuals. New families come every time HCFS is open. Families may come once a month and receive a generous 3-day supply of food. Other than where they live, no questions asked. If food is needed, food is given. By the end of September, HCFS had distributed well over 263,000 pounds to those in need of food assistance. By the end of 2023, it expects to easily distribute close to 400,000 pounds.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact HCFS at 715-634-HCFS(4237) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. HCFS is located at 16216W Highway 63S in Hayward. The Facebook page is haywardcommunityfoodshelf.