AceShowbiz - Jon Bon Jovi is opening the doors of his community kitchen to unpaid federal workers. Following the footsteps of other celebrities in offering a helping hand to those affected by the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, the Bon Jovi frontman announced that JBJ Soul Kitchen will be serving free meals.
On Saturday, January 19, the 56-year-old rocker made public his aid offer through JBJ Soul Kitchen Facebook page. "The JBJ Soul Kitchen and The Murphy Family Foundation would like to announce that the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey will be open on January 21 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm to provide meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families," his message read.
"In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community," the memo further asserted. "Our location is easily accessible by NJ Transit one block from the Red Bank Train Station." This free meal initiative came in partnership with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
JBJ Soul Kitchen is a non-profit restaurant managed by Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation that strive to fight poverty, hunger and homelessness. Since its opening in 2011, the restaurant itself serves paying and in-need customers, and operates on paying system that relies on donation and volunteer. For this cause, JBJ is working together with New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy's The Murphy Family Foundation.
Big news! We will open a kitchen on Pennsylvania Ave this week to join private sector effort to feed federal employees during the shutdown. It’s only fair to feed Americans in need! #ChefsForFeds 👨🍳👩🍳🥘 Follow @WCKitchen for more details! pic.twitter.com/PRBtlaNug6— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) 14 Januari 2019
Before Jon opened JBJ Soul Kitchen's doors to the federal employees, a number of other celebrities have also offered their assistance. Celebrity chef Jose Andres announced on January 14 that he would be opening a pop-up kitchen on Pennsylvania Ave for the government employees. "We're going to be open for any federal family that needs food. We will have food for you to eat or food for you to take home," he tweeted.
TV host Stephen Colbert was quick to support Andres. On the January 17 episode of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", the 54-year-old informed the audience that he is selling what he called "shutdown mugs." He explained that all profit from the sale will be donated to World Central Kitchen, which is managed by Andres.