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Meet Samantha

Meet Samantha – one of our Northmen Dens success stories because of you, your donation provided weekend food for herself and her family. She visited the MS and HS Northmen Dens weekly since middle school. She graduated this June, 2021. She loved the food, the brand-name shampoos, deodorant, Tide detergent,

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Student Hunger Doesn’t Stop with Summer Break

Our Teens Are Hungry  Nine million children in the U.S. are living with hunger. That’s 1 in 8 young people. Hunger is a serious problem in this country, and although research has shown that households that have older kids experience higher rates of food insecurity than households with younger children,

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2022 Annual Report

At Northmen Den Youth Services, we’re fortunate to receive funding, services, and additional support from our amazing network of individual donors and volunteers, as well as other agencies and foundations. We know that our programming would not be possible without this community support, and we do our very best to

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It’s Smoothie Summer – Let’s Get Nutritious!

It’s Smoothie Summer – Let’s Get Nutritious! June 21 is National Smoothie Day. Let’s look at easy, inexpensive smoothie recipes we can use to celebrate AND add nutrition into our summer diets! In today’s fast-paced world, it’s essential to find quick and nutritious solutions to fuel our bodies. At Northmen

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Hunger Hurts: One Story of Healing from Food Insecurity

Emptiness, gnawing, cramping abdominal pain, dizziness, headache and hopelessness – these are only a few of the symptoms of a grievous, albeit completely preventable, condition known as … hunger.  Maddie is one of those students who was hungry. As a 7th grader, she came to Northmen Dens looking for help.

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A Life-Changing Moment for a Student

Northmen Dens Youth Pantries helps break the cycle of poverty. In Michigan, 1 in 5 kids struggles in poverty. Here in Petoskey, 1 in 3 children are dealing with hunger daily. In rural areas like Emmet County, parents tend to have less education and are more often underemployed, meaning children

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