BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The only Battle Creek soup kitchen to offer regular evening meals for the needy has been forced to cut its services in half.
God's Kitchen Battle Creek made the change this week after a failed last-ditch effort to protect the soup kitchen. It will now serve evening meals only twice a week on Tuesday and Wednesday, rather than its previous four times a week.
The Save Our Soup Kitchen campaign aimed to bring in $75,000 to keep the kitchen at capacity. It raised $31,000.
Rev. William Stein, who runs God's Kitchen, says he feels like it has failed at its mission.
"I am so sorry," he said.
One of the big challenges, Stein said, is that some of the big business around town will not generally donate to God's Kitchen because it is part of a church.
Many who visit the soup kitchen say that they would have nothing some nights if not for God's Kitchen.
Leaders hope they will be able to get back to full service soon, but they don't know when that might be.
God's Kitchen has set up an online campaign for donations.
UPDATE: On the day after this story originally aired, Rev. Stein posted on WOOD TV8's Facebook page that the SOS campaign had brought in another $1,120, bringing their total to $31,621.64 as of 6 p.m. July 3.
A memorial is scheduled Thursday night for three young siblings who died in an apartment fire 10 months ago.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.