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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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Every Kid Healthy Week – Helping Students Nourish Their Bodies Every Day

Our mission at Northmen Den Youth Services is to nourish our neediest students by providing food, tutoring, and mentoring in a manner that respects dignity and individuality, while sustaining dreams. This week, April 25 – 29, 2022 is recognized as Every Kid Healthy Week – a week that highlights the great efforts to improve the health and wellness of students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning. We are excited to kick off Every Kid Healthy Week!

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Sandwich Lunch Brigade Offers Healthy Lunches to Concord Academy Students

Northmen Den Youth Pantries is launching this Sandwich Lunch Brigade in partnership with Parkside Deli, Therapy Solutions and Monarch Workforce. Northmen Den Youth Pantries is adding Concord Academy of Petoskey as its sixth school-based youth pantry to help students eligible for Free Lunch or Reduced Costs. Concord Academy has chosen

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Hungry Holidays

What does it really mean to be hungry?  For most of us, there is a point in the day where we have a craving for something edible and our bodies react to the pleasure that comes with putting something deliciously familiar in our mouths and enjoying the taste of heaven

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Divide and Conquer – Homework Struggles

When I was growing up, my parents took a “divide and conquer” approach to helping me with homework. Mom helped with English and History, Dad helped with Math and Science. This worked rather well for a while, but eventually Mom didn’t know how to write a literary analysis and Dad

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Classroom Communities: You Belong Here

One important misconception that teachers must address is the notion that children in poverty do not come from loving homes. It is easy, sometimes, to fall into a savior-complex where we believe it is our responsibility to save children from the horrors of their homelife. However, this way of thinking

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