The Chetek Food Shelf is serving the community with curbside service. Pictured, left to right, are Sue Millard, board member, and volunteers Peggy Wetzel and Emilie Wanders.

Chetek businesses are hosting a Shop Chetek Holiday Open House on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12–14. They will showcase their products for sale while fundraising for the Chetek Food Shelf.

More than a dozen local businesses are participating, offering sales, in-store specials, giveaways and promotions to collect donations for the food shelf. Participating businesses include Time & Again Antique Mall, The Pine Lodge, It’s My Lucky Day Unique Boutique, Carpe Diem, Off ‘R’ Rockers, Rei of Sunshine, Heidi’s Hair Care, Whimsical Wares - 53 Main Gift Shoppe, A Twist of Lemon, Hope & Anchor Coffeehouse, Chetek Bakery, Journey Skincare, Just Imagine Floral & Vintage Treasure and CJ Conner Art Studio and Custom Framing. See the ad on Page B12 for store hours and information.

For every $10 spent at individual retailers, shoppers will receive one ticket for a chance to win one of three gift baskets. This season, don’t forget that gift cards from area shops and restaurants can be purchased online at

You can also purchase Chamber Bucks, good at any Chetek business, by contacting Alex at Sterling Bank at 715-924-4817.

Visit the “Chetek Us Out” page on Facebook to see photos and videos of merchandise at local shops.

Food shelf taking donations, distributing items

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chetek Food Shelf has continued to operate, serving 100 area families each month, by using social distancing precautions and new procedures to keep everyone safe.

Patrons are not allowed inside, but fill out order forms at their cars, from which volunteers fill their orders and bring out the needed items they request.

Sue Millard, food shelf board member, said the new system is working very well, though she and all the volunteers miss seeing the families that came in.

The food shelf also provides 60 weekend meals for young students through the Roselawn Elementary Backpack Program.

Millard said monetary, rather than individual items, are the best to donate. It is difficult to inventory and hard to keep the order form up to date with miscellaneous donated items. And rather than paying retail prices, the food shelf can purchase more supplies at a lower price, meaning their buying power is greater.

The Rice Lake Community Health Foundation will match funds donated to the food shelf, up to $20,000. Donations for the matching fund should be made to RLCHF (with Chetek Food Shelf in the memo line) and sent to the Chetek Food Shelf, PO Box 524, Chetek, WI 54728.

The food shelf is located at 50 Hwy. Blvd. South (CTH SS) and can be reached at 715-925-3500.

It is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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