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NEWAYGO COUNTY, MI – For the past five years, TrueNorth has included a fun element to the Empty Bowls luncheons with their “Stuff the Carts” initiative, and it’s back again this year. With a goal of filling 25 grocery carts with food for the TrueNorth Food Pantry this year, attendees will have the opportunity to "shop" while enjoying their soup, and help those in need in a more hands-on, direct manner. Flats of non-perishable, food staples will be available for purchase, grocery carts will be at the ready, and the pantry will be waiting to have its shelves filled. If there was ever a time to reach out and help your neighbors - it is now. Attendees are also invite to bring in non-perishable food items with them to donate and add to the Stuff the Carts” total.

There are two dates and locations for the Empty Bowls luncheons this year, and you can be a part of alleviating hunger in Newaygo County by attending the event, or by hosting a table of eight for you and your friends, family or co-workers on Thursday, October 6 at the TrueNorth Service Center – 6308 S. Warner Ave., Fremont; or Friday, October7 at the Newaygo County Commission on Aging - 93 S. Gibbs St., White Cloud. The luncheons run from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM each day. Empty Bowls is sponsored Hun­tington Bank, Parvox Technology, and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial this year.   

Local middle school and high school art students, elders at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility, TrueNorth staff, concerned citizens, as well as Camp Newaygo campers have made and/or decorated bowls, and each guest will be allowed to choose a bowl as theirs to keep, reminding them that there are always “empty bowls” somewhere in Newaygo County.  In addition to their bowl, each guest will receive a simple lunch including a homemade soup buffet, bread, dessert and beverage. Soups are donated by area restaurants and attendees may partake of as many varieties as they would like. Tickets are $20.00 each or a table of eight for $150.00 and are available now at TrueNorth. You may also order over the phone by contacting Mark Kraus, TrueNorth Community Liaison & Development Director at (231) 924-0641, ext. 161, or via e-mail at mkraus@truenorthservices.org. Tickets may be purchased using cash, credit cards or check with checks made payable to “TrueNorth”, with “Empty Bowls” on the memo line. Tickets will also be available at the door. Any questions should be directed to Kraus. You are also encouraged to visit www.truenorthservices.org for more information.

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