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.
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. The Food Pantry 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 and have a valid ID and Social Security number to use the Food Pantry. (Please note that the Food Pantry is currently drive-through only as part of TrueNorth's COVID-19 response. We ask that you please pull up to the Food Pantry doors on the north side of the TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 S. Warner Avenue in Fremont, sound your vehicle's horn, and someone will assist you.)
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.
We partner with Feeding America West Michigan on a monthly mobile food pantry visit at TrueNorth, typically the last Wednesday of the month except in December (when there is no visit because of the holidays). We are currently doing the food trucks twice a month to meet an increase in need. 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.
Double Up Food Bucks Michigan matches SNAP/Bridge Card dollars spent at local farmer's markets. Whatever you spend on your SNAP/Bridge Card, you get a dollar-for-dollar match in tokens that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. Because of the pandemic, Double Up Food Bucks cannot currently be accessed through our Food Pantry.
Medical & Senior Services Programs
Our senior citizens and medically-at-risk residents can have the peace of mind through two available services: LifeLink and MedReady.
The LifeLink personal emergency response program is offered to Newaygo County elderly and other area residents who are subject to sudden and life-threatening changes in their medical condition. The program’s purpose is 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 LifeLink, is another step in giving people the ability to stay at home rather than be institutionalized because of medical or health issues.
At the TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont, we offer a Medical Equipment Loan program for anyone in need, regardless of income. The equipment available 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.
The Medical & Senior Services Programs can be accessed at the TrueNorth Service Center.
If you have any questions regarding any of our Food and Medical Programs and/or Senior Services, contact TrueNorth at (231) 924-0641, ext. 151, or email email@example.com.
If you have not received food or medical 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 Resource Search page to see what services are available to you. (A link to our Resource Search is provided on the right.) If we do not provide a service you need, please call 2-1-1 or visit Michigan 2-1-1 (https://www.mi211.org/) to locate services in your area.