On Tuesday, May 21st, Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, and the JBJ Soul Foundation, were honored at the ACE 21st Anniversary Gala in New York City. Dorothea, Jon, and the JBJ Soul Foundation were presented with the Ace Humanitarian Award for their work in the community assisting in several different areas including issues surrounding hunger and homelessness.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the winner of a mobile application competition designed to make local assistance resources accessible to people helping homeless Veterans and others in need. The winner of the $25,000 prize was Reston, Va.-based Qbase, which developed “Homeless REACH.” VA’s Center for Innovation (VACI) sponsored the competition, called Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and Homeless), in collaboration with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services.
Fifty million people in the U.S.- one in four young children – live in households that don’t have enough money for food that supports an active and healthy life. A very powerful new documentary, A Place at the Table, (premiering March 1st, 2013 in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes) examines the issue of hunger through the eyes of people struggling with food insecurity.
On Wednesday, January 30th, the JBJ Soul Kitchen partnered with the Monmouth County Department of Human Services and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank to sponsor a Community Resource Day: Project Homeless Connect 2013. The program is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Survey, a nationwide event driven by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to get an accurate count of the homeless in America.
OWEE – One World Everybody Eats – held their 4th Annual SUMMIT in New Brunswick, NJ where attendees shared concepts, missions, accomplishments, and strategies for building hunger free communities. The “motto” of the representatives from cafes / kitchens around the country is: “a hand up, not a hand out” and promotes the belief that all, regardless of social or economic status, are entitled to high quality, healthy meals prepared from fresh and, when available, locally-sourced ingredients.