Hunger Prevention & 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

Hunger Prevention Programs

Hunger Prevention Programs decrease poverty and promote prosperity by working to ensure that all people in our community have consistent, dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living.

Our on-site, self selection Food Pantry provides a week's supply of food for those in need of assistance. 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 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.

Weekend PowerPacks provide area youth with weekend food through partnership with local school districts. Each Weekend PowerPack consists of kid-friendly, shelf stable pre-packaged foods such as protein, nuts, cereal, pudding, soup, fruit, granola bars, microwaveable meals, snacks and/or other items. This fuel is crucial to the success of local kids.

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 hosting 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. 

Additional Hunger Prevention Programs and initiatives include: Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon, the Community Food Rescue program, Plant-A-Row for Hunger, Senior Harvest Baskets, and Empty Bowls. All Hunger Prevention Programs support TrueNorth's mission by meeting essential nutritional needs for all ages. Quantity, quality, and the type of food provided by these services is informed by the national MyPlate model and USDA's recommended dietary needs. We strive to ensure all food provided meets acceptable nutrition standards. 

 

 

 

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 or email info@truenorthservices.org

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.