The hunger-relief charity, God’s Kitchen of Michigan, which services the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo area, is making an appeal for cash donations in support of its upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. “We need donations to purchase food and supplies for our three holiday events,” said Pastor William Stein, Chairman of God’s Kitchen of Michigan. “Food is not cheap. We pay retail for the food just like everyone else.”

American Idol Matt Giraud hosted a fundraiser at Pizza Hut in Battle Creek that raised $523 for the group. The amount is a far cry from the $5,000 that is budgeted for this year's event. Stein says the Battle Creek fund drive is almost complete thanks to donations from churches and unions to underwrite the program. But Stein says no donations have so far been made to  the Kalamazoo project.

All holiday dinners are free and open to the public. There are no income, age, or identification requirements to participate. Battle Creek’s Free Community Christmas Dinner will be held from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 at First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Michigan Avenue, downtown. The Free Kalamazoo Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 27. Donations can be mailed to God’s Kitchen of Michigan, P.O. Box 2632, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003, or online here. You are asked to designate which community event for which you would like your donation applied.