October 20th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
Jon Bon Jovi opens community kitchen
Forget about money at Jon Bon Jovi's new restaurant.
That's because there are no prices on the menu of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey. Visitors there will be able to pay for their meals via volunteer hours.
The singer announced the opening of the community kitchen, which is a program offered through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, on Wednesday. The project to feed the hungry will be supported by cash payments from customers who are able to pay a suggested donation, or more if they so choose.
“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," Bon Jovi said Wednesday at the kitchen's opening. "This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community.”
Bon Jovi and his wife are volunteering in the kitchen, and the food is provided by both the Soul Kitchen’s organic gardens and an area Whole Foods Market.
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