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THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN SERVES UP NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR ALL; ACCEPTS BOTH CASH & VOLUNTEER HOURS AS PAYMENT
(October 19, 2011 – Red Bank, NJ)

Jon Bon Jovi today announced the opening of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to a crowd that overflowed the gardens and parking lot at the “community kitchen,” which redefines how the issue of hunger can be addressed. With no prices on the menu, the Soul Kitchen serves meals to customers who have earned them through volunteer hours. The Soul Kitchen operates as a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and is sustained by cash payment from customers who are able to pay the suggested donation (or even a little more).

Joined by local dignitaries, individuals and partnering local non-profit organizations, Jon thanked the Kitchen’s “friends and neighbors” who have assisted in the two-year endeavor to open the permanent location - among them Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, former Mayor Ed McKenna and the President of the Parker Family Health Center, Dr. Eugene Cheslock.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen began serving meals in 2009, utilizing two different pilot locations and assessing the patrons’ needs and response to the model, before renovating an old 1,100 square foot auto-body shop as the Kitchen’s new, permanent location.

“At a time when 1 in 5 households are living at or below the poverty level, and at a time when 1 out of 6 Americans are food insecure, this is a restaurant whose time has come. This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community,” said Jon Bon Jovi today.

Inspired by the old adage, “teach a man to fish,” diners in need who come to the Soul Kitchen are empowered – they have earned a seat at the table for themselves and their families through volunteer hours at the Kitchen or other local organizations. They are served nutritious culinary dishes by the wait-staff in a lovely restaurant atmosphere with the dignity of having earned their meal. On the other hand, patrons who can afford to dine anywhere are rewarded with not only a delicious meal but with the knowledge that by dining out and leaving the suggested donation, they’ve contributed to their community.

In addition to the Soul Kitchen’s own organic gardens, natural food is being provided by Whole Foods Market Middletown, in partnership with their vendors, many of whom are from New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

By adopting the community kitchen concept, the JBJ Soul Foundation has expanded its efforts - from affordable housing to hunger - as it celebrates its fifth anniversary as a non-profit organization.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
The JBJ Soul Kitchen currently has seatings from 5pm - 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 12pm - 4pm on Sundays.

ADDRESS:
207 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: (732) 842-0900

RESERVATIONS are not needed at JBJ Soul Kitchen. We welcome everyone at our table and will seat guests on a first come, first serve basis.

To watch the Live Stream from our JBJ Soul Kitchen Press Conference, please visit the Video section of our website.

JBJ Soul Kitchen on the Today Show (air date: 10/21/2011)

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    Posted 8 months ago by Tami

    I am so interested in bringing something like this to the San Francisco Bay Area. Is that something the JBJ soul foundation would be interested in?

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    Posted 1 year ago by Aussie

    the staff were great during my recent visit to the US in Mar -April this year....beautiful food and service.....I loved participating and knowing my donation would help to feed others in need....Love to you all from Sydney, Australia...xx

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    Posted 1 year ago by GotTheShotPhotography

    This is a terrific idea that I would like to duplicate in my community as well. I hope to accomplish this by the end of the year and appreciate your creation which I can use as a model :) Great work!

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    Posted 1 year ago by tlcdsfit

    WAY TO GO!!THERE SHOULD BE ONE OF THESE IN EVERY TOWN AND IN EVERY STATE!!!

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    Posted 1 year ago by blondjovi

    Thanksgiving is next week and I just donated again to Jon's wonderful charity also because of Hurricane Sandy & the Nor'easter we just had here on the east coast. It is a terrific feeling to help others that are in need.God Bless Jon & all the volunteers and all the people who work for the Soul Foundation!

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    Posted 2 years ago by sonya

    what a gift we need somthing like this in every town/country

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    Posted 2 years ago by Marisinha

    XD

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    Posted 2 years ago by Leanna

    Since the groundbreaking of this wonderful gift to the community, I have thought about the need for such an wonderful place in my home town. Any ideas, advice, tips, your organization can give me in getting started would be greatly appreciated.

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    Posted 2 years ago by BonJoviIsAnAngel

    Bon Jovi is an angel sent from God above. Here we have a famous rock star who takes time out of his busy schedule to think of other people who aren't as lucky as he is is.

    I love you Bon Jovi, may God be with you!

    PS... PLEASE come to Louisville PLEASE!