Source: NBC New York
A Red Bank community restaurant owned by New Jersey rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and his wife will serve a free meal from Noon to 2PM to furloughed federal workers on Monday January 21.
“This Monday, we will be open for lunch as a way to create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors,” Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi said in a statement.
JBJ Soul Kitchen, which they own, is teaming up with the Murphy Family Foundation — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy’s philanthropic organization — to offer the meal, according to a release.
“Since founding the Soul Kitchen, we wanted to ensure that anyone struggling with food insecurity had a place to go,” reads the statement. “This Monday, we will be open for lunch as a way to create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors.
“We are thrilled to work together with NJ (Governor) Phil and Tammy Murphy on this endeavor, and this Monday we look forward to giving back in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” they added.
The meal is also meant to “create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers,” according to the statement.
The Red Bank-based restaurant, which Bon Jovi and his wife opened in 2011, normally lets patrons pay a suggested donation or volunteer at the restaurant to pay for meals, according to its website.
“The schedule of additional meals will be determined by turnout, feedback and demand, and will be announced at a later date,” the release noted. “Those wishing to participate should bring proof of federal employment.”
About 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. 22. It is the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.