Thanksgiving Comes Early Thanks to God’s Kitchen

November 22, 2021

Arnetta Griffin and her team of volunteers fed hundreds of area residents Saturday afternoon. 

Griffin, the founder of God’s Kitchen, offered free Thanksgiving meals to all who stopped by St. Anthony’s Church, 2223 51st St. The local nonprofit also provided free winter clothing and haircuts. 

“We’re very busy. It’s a blessed day,” Griffin said, adding she was hoping to serve at least 300 people. 

“I’ve got a whole lot of food. I’ve got greens, turkey, ham, chicken, mac, and cheese, lasagna, dressing, dirty rice, salad, meatballs, pies. It came from the community. They donate to God’s Kitchen.”

Griffin has been offering daily free meals around Uptown for years. She said God spoke to her after First Step Services closed in 2017. She believes nobody should go hungry here.

“It’s Him. He put it on my heart to do it. I have to obey God and feed his people,” she said. “I didn’t know this would be God’s plan for me. God’s Kitchen is for everybody.” 

Griffin, 55, and her family prepared most of the food. Wolfpack Motorcycle Club of Kenosha Inc. prepared the turkeys and the Salvation Army of Kenosha donated some items. Dick’s Roofing co-owner Jeff Milkie “bought half the stuff,” Griffin added.