Charity spotlight: JBJ Soul Kitchen

“Our mission has always been to affect positive change and address the issues of hunger and homelessness,” Jon Bon Jovi.

Founded in 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s mission is to “combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair.” Much of this work has focused on poverty and homelessness. The foundation’s first major initiative was to rebuild 15 row homes in Philadelphia, close to the arena where the Philadelphia Soul AFL football team plays. More recently, though, the foundation has expanded its efforts nationally.

The foundation operates two JBL Soul Kitchens in New Jersey to address issues of food security and have served more than 61,000 meals. Another hunger-related project of the foundation is The B.E.A.T. Center, a “place where families and individuals can access food, job training and resources to help end the cyclical causes of hunger in Ocean County.”

There are two locations of Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea’s volunteer-run Soul Kitchen in New Jersey. They wanted to create a community where diners pay if they can. Unlike a standard soup kitchen, diners of all socioeconomic backgrounds sit together at communal tables, as the restaurant serves both paying customers and those in need.

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