TrueNorth’s Community Connections programs aim to build and expand social circles and create meaningful shared learning, cultural, and physically active experiences to improve lives in Newaygo County. Recognizing the vital need for human connection, Community Connections is designed for people of all ages to build bridges, explore new activities and places, and be empowered to showcase all they have to offer.
Events are driven by participants - we encourage Friends to share their ideas, skills, and passions to build our event calendar. Join us!
Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm at TrueNorth
Our first initiative is a knitting and crocheting circle: Knitting All Together. Knitting All Together meets weekly to make items for local causes. TrueNorth provides everything you need (yarn, hooks, needles, looms, scissors), plus coffee and a cozy space! Drop in to TrueNorth and join the fun:
Tuesdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Newaygo County Young Professionals (NCYP)
NCYP hosts regular free and low-cost events, with no membership required.
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.)
Double Up Food Bucks Michigan
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.
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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.
Mobile 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 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.