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TrueNorth Community Services marked Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with four community-focused events to address the issues while also raising public consciousness.

On Tuesday, November 13, TrueNorth hosted the annual Senior Thanksgiving Luncheons, serving a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to 254 local seniors and developmentally-challenged adults at two seatings. Volunteers from Gerber Life Insurance, ChoiceOne Bank, Transitional Health Services, Fremont Christian Middle School and the community at large helped prepare and serve the meal and cleaned up afterward. Students from Fremont Christian Middle School Choir also performed.

On Wednesday, November 10, nearly 100 people got nourished through the Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry’s visit at the TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont.

On Thursday, November 15, volunteers from Rising Up Homeschool Co-Op packed 132 boxes of pantry staples, personal care items and holiday treats for local seniors. The Senior Harvest Baskets were delivered on Friday, November 16, by volunteers from NestlĂ© Gerber Products, AmeriCorps and the community.  

On Saturday, November 10, TrueNorth distributed 572 winter coats to children, women and men at the Coats for Kids (& Adults) Distribution. New and gently used coats were collected at 40 sites across Newaygo County in a month-long collection. TrueNorth also distributed scarves, hats and other cold-weather apparel.

TrueNorth serves and helps homeless and hungry youth, adults and families year-round.  Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 10 to 18, and November is Homelessness Awareness Month.

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