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Learn more about what's happening at Hastings Family Service: 

Gobble Gait registration is OPEN! Register early for the annual 8K or 2K run/walk benefitting Hastings Family Service on Thanksgiving morning in Downtown Hastings! 

Hastings Family Service and Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store will be closing early at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 for staff training.

February 28 through April 10, 2022, every dollar and every pound of food will be proportionately MATCHED by MN FoodShare.

The 25th Annual Hastings Tastings will be Monday, March 28, 4-7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Social Hall. Local establishments will offer a sampling of happy hour appetizers and drinks. Participate in the silent auction and wine, beer, and restaurant raffles.  Cash bar available. 

Effective February 14, HFS will be temporarily adjusting our operating hours to allow us to maintain the same level of service for our neighbors, while easing some of the challenges we are facing with staffing shortages and staff transitions at this time.

Effective January 3, 2022, face masks will be required for all persons inside the HFS building and Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store.

Hastings Family Service and Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store will have the following holiday hours:

Come Visit with Santa at Carbone's Pizzeria in Hastings!  Santa will arrive before 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 18.  Bring your camera! 

Join CP online to celebrate the holidays by listening to great music and donating to help food banks in Canada and the U.S, including Hastings Family Service! 

The Donker Family will be hosting a food collection for Hastings Family Service the weekend of December 17-19th.  Bring your donation when you come to see their beautiful holiday light display at 810 5th St. W in Hastings!  

The Miesville Fire Department and Douglas 4-H Club will host a drive-thru Santa Parade on Sunday December 12th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Miesville Fire Hall. 

"Christmas on the Prairie" returns to Hastings Arts Center for one show only, 7 p.m. Saturday, December 11th at the Hastings Arts Center! 

Join River Blades Skating School for the 16th Annual Skate with Santa event on Saturday, December 11, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 

Bremer Farms is once again hosting Santa on the Farm on Saturday, December 11.  Drive through the farm to view the Christmas light display, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, receive a special treat, and meet the cows of Bremer Farms. 

Crossroads Church will be collecting food for the HFS Market Food Shelf during Jingle Jam on December 3 at the Woodbury Campus.

Merchants Bank is sponsoring 10 Days of Giving, December 1 - 10.   Food will be collected at Hastings elementary schools and at Merchants Bank in Hastings.  

During the month of December Health Solutions Center is donating proceeds from a $25 initial visit or adjustment to Hastings Family Service. 

Get ready to Get Your Gobble On and join us on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Hastings to benefit Hastings Family Service!

Project Share registration is now open to families requesting gifts for children age 18 and under. With anticipated supply chain and shipping delays, families are strongly encouraged to register early this year, allowing additional time for gifts to come in.

Hastings Family Service is expanding!  Like many other businesses and organizations, HFS had to get creative during the pandemic.  With new and modified programs as well as increased food shelf need, space became an issue. 

There will be a Market on the Move event (in partnership with Hastings Public Schools ISD #200 Food Service) on Wednesday, July 14, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join Hastings Family Service in celebrating 50 years of help and hope on Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. 

Mark your calendars for Monday, June 14, 2021 for Drive Out Hunger, a golf tournament benefiting Hastings Family Service. 

There will be a Market on the Move spring break event in partnership with Hastings School District Food Service Thursday, March 25, 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Hastings Middle School (door #24).  This event is available to all students in ISD 200 and will include 3-4 days of food for the family that may include: meat, bread, dairy, produce, and dried goods (contents will vary). Advanced sign-up is required and spots are limited. Deadline for sign up is March 18th, 4:00 p.m.  

We encourage everyone to participate in Hastings Tasting Takeout at anytime during the Minnesota FoodShare campaign by dining in or ordering a meal for takeout or delivery from any of the local establishments that you would have enjoyed at Hasting Tastings this year. 

From March 1 to April 11, every dollar and every pound of food donated to Hastings Family Service is proportionately MATCHED by MN FoodShare!  

Hastings Family Service is offering Market Express (an express drive-thru food pick up) on Thursday, February 18, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. and Friday, February 26, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Lew Linde, Founder & Friend
May 11, 1928 - November 27, 2020

Hastings Family Service holiday hours

Give to the Max Day is just around the corner! HFS is having some fun this year with our own spin on the day: Give to the "Mask."

Gobble Gait sponsor Storm Creek is offering a Gobble Gait coupon for their annual warehouse sale.

Gobble Gait has created an online store at with a variety of Gobble Gait 2020 merchandise

Hastings Family Service is introducing Market Express, an opportunity for an express drive-thru food pick up. 

Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store is extending clothing donations and sidewalk sales through the month of October. 

Project Share registration is now open!  Households requesting gifts for children ages 18 and under may begin registration now. The process has changed this year, please visit the Project Share page to learn more and register online!

Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store will be having sidewalk sales on Fridays and Saturdays in September. 

Rivertown Treasures will be accepting clothing donations on a limited basis next week

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School Supply Assistance program will be modified this year.  Families are asked to call 651-437-7134 to schedule an appointment beginning Monday, August 10.  Prepacked backpacks will be distributed to students through a safe, confidential drive-thru appointment. 

HFS Statement on the Killing of George Floyd

Hastings Family Service will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day

The Hastings Family Service building, including the HFS Donation Center and Rivertown Treasures will remain closed to the public. Essential services continue with current modifications.

With Rivertown Treasures Thrift Store and the HFS Donation Center closed until further notice, HFS would like to remind donors to keep the following in mind as you pack up items to be donated at a later date: 

Text the word “DONATE” to 651-240-2725. You will receive a mobile friendly link to complete your gift. All Text to Give gifts received TODAY on the 50th anniversary will be matched dollar for dollar by the Ruth Gale and George W. Doffing Fund! Thank you for celebrating 50 years of help and hope!

Hastings Family Service will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2020.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, April 13.  Have a safe and happy Easter weekend! 

Hastings Family Service has cancelled Hastings Tastings this year. We look forward to celebrating our 25th Annual Hastings Tastings in spring of 2021. We encourage everyone to participate in Hastings Tastings Takeout this week by ordering a meal for takeout or delivery from one of the local establishments that you would have enjoyed at Hastings Tastings this year.

Minnesota FoodShare has extended the MN FoodShare March campaign through April 30, 2020. 

Effective March 16, 2020, Hastings Family Service will be modifying delivery of services to ensure that social distancing and safety protocol can be maintained. While Rivertown Treasures and the HFS building will be closed to the public, essential services will continue to be available. 

In accordance with the CDC recommendation to limit larger gatherings, Hastings Family Service is postponing Hastings Tastings which was scheduled for March 30th at SEAS Church.

Hastings Family Service invites you to participate in a short survey about the programs and services we offer.