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Battle Creek pastor raising money for mobile soup kitchen

A Battle Creek pastor is trying to raise $220,000 for a mobile food truck that would deliver free meals to people in need. (WWMT/Ray Hole)

A Battle Creek pastor is trying to raise $220,000 for a mobile food truck that would deliver free meals to people in need.

Pastor William Stein thinks taking a soup kitchen on the road will be a game changer for those who benefit from his charity, God's Kitchen. He said he's passionate about making sure people don't go to bed hungry.

"The homeless, the needy, the working poor," Stein said.

He said his mobile food truck idea could help many people in Battle Creek.

"Many indigent people or low income individuals, they cannot afford an automobile and even with public transportation they may not have enough money to pay the fare to get to and from the venue," Stein said.

Stein said he's heard of some people walking more than 20 blocks one way to get a meal from his soup kitchen. In partnership with charity group Caltran, Stein said he has reached out to various organizations seeking donations and also made an appeal to Battle Creek city leaders at the most recent council meeting.

"They want to hear more about what we're doing and rightfully so," Stein said.

Stein said this effort would do more than just feed the needy.

"It's part of our business plan to hire anywhere from 25 to 45 part time jobs eventually. The goal is to have a fleet of 12 food trucks not only in Battle Creek but all over west Michigan," he said.

If you would like to learn more or contribute to this effort, you can visit the GoFundMe page here.

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