First Lutheran Church Community Kitchen Upgrade is Complete

Jessica Mancel
Release Date
Sep 10, 2020

Funding Assists Almost 4,200 Sawyer County Residents Per Year

HAYWARD, Wis., Sept., 10, 2020 – Wisconsin State Director Frank Frassetto announced today that First Lutheran Church completed their community kitchen upgrade by utilizing funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Projects like this reflect how we value the people of our communities. Since 2017, USDA Rural Development has invested over $172 million in community facility projects in rural Wisconsin,” Frassetto said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner with rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

First Lutheran Church received a $56,000 grant to purchase upgraded kitchen equipment and for improvements to their community kitchen facility located in Hayward, Wis. Their facilities were outdated and needed to be upgraded to meet current code. Upgrades included improvements to HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Improvements will allow the facility to provide an increased meal capacity, additional cold storage and improved access/usability for all users. This community kitchen serves 80-100 meals per week and is open to all who may be disabled, disadvantaged or in extreme financial hardship in the Hayward area.

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program investments can be used for purposes such as building or upgrading schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities. More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less.

To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, interested parties should contact our Wisconsin USDA Rural Development office at 715-345-7600 or

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