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To help ensure people in Newaygo County are fed and properly nourished, TrueNorth Community Services is hosting its 20th annual Empty Bowls Soup Luncheons on two dates in October.

The 20th annual TrueNorth Empty Bowls Luncheons are on Thursday, October 3, at TrueNorth Service Center, 6308 South Warner Avenue, Fremont; and Friday, October 4, at the Newaygo Coun­ty Commission on Aging, 93 South Gibbs Street, White Cloud. The luncheons are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

Be a part of delivering food security in Newaygo County by attending either event, which benefits the TrueNorth Food Pantry, which served 8,814 individuals from over 3,600 households this year through July.

Local students and concerned individuals made and/or decorated the ce­ramic bowls, and each luncheon guest gets to select one to keep as their own, as a reminder that many among us have empty bowls at their tables. Additionally, each guest enjoys a meal of homemade soup buffet, bread, dessert, and beverage. Soups are generously donated by area restaurants.

Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight and are currently available for purchase in advance at TrueNorth; online; or by contacting Donna Hren at (231) 924-0641, ext. 144. Tickets are also available at the door the days of the events.

Tickets can be purchased using cash, credit card, or with a check made payable to TrueNorth, with Empty Bowls on the memo line.  Event Sponsorships of $250, $500 and $1,000 are also offered. For more information on those, contact Mark Kraus at (231) 924-0641, ext. 144.

At the luncheons, there will be cases of food staples available for attendees to purchase, at cost to help stock the TrueNorth Food Pantry. Other food donations will also be gladly accepted.

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