Jon Bon Jovi created the JBJ Soul Kitchen as a community restaurant program to ensure that everyone has access to a delicious hot meal. Created as an extension of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, this is not your average restaurant; it’s a place with a mission incentive to make hope delicious.
Here’s the deal, you won’t find a menu full of prices at this spot, instead you have two options of payment: make a donation, or volunteer. That’s right kiddos, to dine at this New Jersey establishment you have to make at least a $10 donation or spend an hour either washing, busting, waitressing, or cooking.
This Grammy winning artist discussed his reasoning behind opening his Soul Kitchen (that he affectionately calls a “community kitchen”), stating that “One in six people in America are suffering at night and going to bed hungry, and one in five families live at or below the poverty line…Twenty-four thousand dollars for a family of four? It’s just mind-blowing…What this restaurant is truly meant to do is empower. You don’t come in here with a sense of entitlement. You come in here and volunteer because we need your help.”
With two New Jersey locations, The Soul Kitchen supports local farms and has a flare for the delicious on their menu, with rainbow beet salad followed by barbequed salmon fillet and cocoa mouse cake with ricotta yogurt to satisfy your palate.