Local food pantries and shelters receive donations

Funds distributed through Fremont Area Community Foundation

STANWOOD -- Nestlé Waters North America Inc., in collaboration with Fremont Area Community Foundation, recently donated $10,000 to help support food pantries and shelters in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Each recipient will receive $1,250, with the funds being administered and distributed through Fremont Area Community Foundation.

"We are honored to assist these local organizations, particularly as they provide food and shelter to those in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Arlene Anderson-Vincent, Natural Resource Manager in the Midwest for Nestlé Waters North America. "Given the impact of the pandemic, these organizations face significant hurdles to provide essential services. Their commitment to the communities they serve is an inspiration, and we greatly appreciate our collaboration with Fremont Area Community Foundation in supporting these organizations and their efforts."

NWNA's donation will provide grants to the following recipients:

Angels of Action

• Angels of Action is a nonprofit organization serving low income children in Mecosta County. Each weekend, Angels of Action provides food to nearly 900 children. It also delivers hygiene kits, books, seasonal blankets, hats, gloves, and other snow apparel to local children. To donate to the Angels of Action, click here.

Our Brothers Keeper Shelter

• Located in Big Rapids, Our Brothers Keeper provides safe, faith-based, short-term shelter for those in need in Mecosta and adjacent counties through volunteers and community support. To donate to Our Brothers Keeper Shelter, click here.

Women's Information Service, Inc (WISE)

• WISE provides advocacy, safety options, and support services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sex trafficking. WISE empowers individuals and families while working toward strengthening communities through awareness, prevention and education. To donate to WISE, click here.

God's Helping Hands of Mecosta County

• God's Helping Hands is an emergency food service pantry that also assists with clothing and household furnishings. To donate to God's Helping Hands, click here.

Project Starburst

• Project Starburst provides food and other related items to Mecosta and Osceola residents who are temporarily in need of assistance. It currently provides approximately 13,000 meals to about 240 families per month. To donate to Project Starburst, click here.

Manna Pantry

• The Manna Pantry is a food pantry serving families in Mecosta and Osceola Counties. Averaging 175 visits per month, Manna Pantry provides food and essentials for one week based upon family size. To donate to Manna Pantry, click here.

Sears Food Pantry

• The Sears Food Pantry serves families in need from the communities of Evart, Sears and Hersey, providing food as well as toiletries and other emergency services. To donate to the Sears Food Pantry, click here.

Marion Food Pantry

• Marion Food Pantry serves approximately 15-20 families per month in northeastern Osceola County, providing 21 meals per person per week. To donate to the Marion Food Pantry, call 231-743-6092.