The hints of Spring are all around us and Spring Break will soon be under way for many of our school age youth. Not all families are planning a fun warm weather get away this year or any years in the past. Imagine being a young person that may really rely on school for not only a safe place, but for your connections to friends, teachers, breakfast and lunch. Forty percent of our local families are struggling financially and are food insecure. Food insecurity is a real category, and it means that families must make the hard decisions to pay a utility bill or car payment before they can purchase food for their families. We at Step Up Northern Michigan do our best to provide access to quality food to our At-Risk youth in our area and we thank all of our wonderful year- round supporters! Thank you!
We feel honored to be able to expand our reach to the students of West Senior High School. Hunger is a definite distraction to learning ! Thanks to the staff and students for helping unload as well!
Thoughtful thank you letters and art work from the students of Traverse City High School made our day ! We strive to make the holidays special for each of these students and apparently we were successful. This inspires us to continue to support these students , who sometimes feel like the odds are against them.
Thanks to a generous donor we were able to begin shopping for the students at Traverse City High school. Each year we provide each student with a basket filled with teen friendly items. Many times this basket is the only gift they receive. If you would like to help this season please let us know. Thank you!
With the upcoming holiday season upon us we encourage everyone to shop locally whenever possible. If you do find your self having to utilize Amazon, please consider selecting Step Up Northern Michigan through their Amazon.Smile donation link. Amazon donates a small portion of your order total directly to Step Up Northern Michigan! Thank you for your consideration.
These two sweet gentlemen waited patiently as our volunteer shoppers unloaded two very large carts of fresh food for the food pantry at Traverse City High School. They even donated $20.00 each to the cause ! Thank you ! Thank you!
Our wonderful volunteer shoppers are back at keeping the Community Closet stocked with snacks and school supplies for the staff and students at Traverse Heights Elementary!
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Michelle and Robin!