The return of Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls is back and better than ever! The signature fundraising event for TrueNorth’s Hunger Prevention Programs will be held on Thursday, October 6th at the TrueNorth Service Center in Fremont and Friday, October 7th at the
Commission on Aging in White Cloud. “After a two-year pivot away from our traditional, in person soup luncheon, we are happy to be able to come
together again,” said Community Liaison and Development Director Mark Kraus.

Thousands of households in and around Newaygo County suffered from food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the struggle continues
today. TrueNorth’s onsite and mobile food pantry usage has increased sharply in recent months. “We are seeing numbers surpass the levels we saw in 2020. Food prices are up, gasoline is expensive and our neighbors are feeling it,” said Kraus.

Due to the twofold impact of high prices and increased need, the success of Empty Bowls is critical this year. “We hope to raise $20,000 this year, but it may not be enough,” warned Kraus. The community can help fight hunger by attending
and/or sponsoring the event. Attendees can sample a variety of soups and stews provided by local restaurants and caterers. Each person will also take home a hand painted bowl to remind them of all the “empty bowls” in our community.