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.