Food & Medical Programs

TrueNorth Community Services works to ensure our children, families, and seniors have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living through food provisions, a healthful diet, and nutrition education. We also help with medical needs, by providing medical equipment loans and LifeLink. 

Food Programs

Our on-site, self-selection Food Pantry provides a five-day supply of food for those in need of assistance that may be accessed once every 30 days.  

Having the basic food staples in your home's pantry, such as oatmeal, sugar, flour and rice, can make a little go a long way. We provide these through our Food Staples program which can be accessed through our Food Pantry, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (on days the agency is open). You must fill out an intake form, meet income requirements, and be a Newaygo County Resident or live within the borders of the Hesperia Community Schools district to use the Food Pantry.
TrueNorth also partners with Feeding America West Michigan on a monthly mobile food pantry visit at TrueNorth, typically the last Wednesday of the month except in November (when it's the Wednesday during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week) and December (when there is no visit because of the holidays). In addition, TrueNorth works with Feeding America West Michigan and the Fremont Area Community Foundation to help coordinate the mobile food pantry schedule in Newaygo County.

Medical Programs

Our senior citizens and medically-at-risk residents can have the peace of mind through two available services: LifeLink and MedReady. We have offered LifeLink for over 30 years to Newaygo County elderly and other area residents who are subject to sudden, life-threatening changes in their medical condition. The program’s purpose has always been to provide an easy-to-use system that allows subscribers to summon professional, medical help in the event of an emergency. A secondary, but no less important, benefit of the program is that it allows elderly, frail, and geographically isolated individuals to live at home with a greater degree of security and independence. The LifeLink unit can also be programmed to alert the subscriber about an upcoming appointment, or that it is time to take medications. MedReady, also for Newaygo County residents, is an automated Medication Dispensing unit designed to help individuals who forget to take their medications, or take a large number of medications, with medication management. The MedReady unit, coupled with the current LifeLink equipment, is another step in giving Newaygo County residents the ability to live at home, rather than be institutionalized due to medical issues.

At our main service center in Fremont, we have a Medical Equipment Loan program for anyone in need, regardless of income. Available equipment varies but often in stock are; walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, commodes, and shower chairs for personal use. We also accept donations of medical equipment to help stock our inventory.

If you have any questions regarding any of our Food and Medical programs, call TrueNorth today at (231) 924-0641 or email If you have not received food or medical/dental assistance in the past 12 months, you will need to complete the Housing and Family Services intake and release of information forms. If you would like to fill them out ahead of your visit, they are available online and can be accessed by clicking the Publications & Forms link on the left.
Please note that not all TrueNorth programs are available in each county we serve. To find out if a specific program is available in your county of residence, please visit our Research Search page to see what services are available to you. A link to Resource Search is provided on the right. If we do not provide a service you need, please call 2-1-1 or visit to locate services in your area.