The Pine River-Backus Family Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Following is a schedule of upcoming events:

Pine River-Backus CommUnity Meals: A local collaborative effort has been put together to provide a free weekly meal for anyone who is hungry. Meals are each Monday at the Riverview Church in Pine River or each Tuesday at the Backus Pine Mountaineer Senior Center. Serving time is 5-6 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call 218-587-4292

Pine River Area Food Shelf: Food shelf hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, and 3:30-6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month (Aug. 13).

Home Visiting Program: This is a free program through the Pine River-Backus Family Center. Home visiting begins prenatally or before a child is 3 months old and continues through their 3rd birthday. Weekly home visits are filled with fun activities and information about the child’s development. The family center program has immediate openings. Free gift bags are available to all families who are expecting a baby or have a newborn and live in the Pine River-Backus School District.

MNsure Navigator: Call 218-587-4292 if you have questions or to set up an appointment.

Working Together Coalition and Opioid Prevention Team: All are invited to the upcoming Working Together Coalition meetings. The Pine River-Backus meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Pine River-Backus Family Center. The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Coalition will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Walker Library. Check the website for information on upcoming Opioid Prevention Team meetings.

NAPS: Pick up is from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

WIC: Will be here Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7-8. Call Cass County at 218-547-6872 for an appointment.

Family Planning: Will be at the family center Tuesday, Aug. 6. Call 877-275-6123 to schedule an appointment.

Child & Teen Check-Up: Child and teen check ups will be Wednesday and Friday, Aug. 28 and 30. Appointments are still available. Call Karen at 218-587-4292 to schedule an appointment.

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