The Daily Kos reported this morning on the Soul Kitchen, a restaurant chain created in 2011 by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, in his (and Calley’s) home state of New Jersey. The Soul Kitchen is specifically geared to serve members of the community who might otherwise not have enough to eat. Patrons are served regardless of their ability to pay, and treated with dignity and respect. There are no prices on the menus, and people can pay by donation. Donations can cover the meals of the person or family, or be greater than that to ‘pay it forward’ for others who need to eat. Payment can also be made in the form of volunteering in the kitchen, as wait staff, or in the organic gardens, among other options.
So far, there are not only two restaurants, but a one-acre community garden that grows organic produce for both kitchens. During the coronavirus, Jon has joined others in the kitchen to wash dishes as they continue to serve the hungry. Usually run on volunteer power (as well as paid help), the restaurant is no longer allowing volunteers to work, but encouraging them to pick up meals and take them home, and then return again the next day for more! Check out the full article, and rest assured that good is coming to the surface as we all work together to weather this storm.
Bravo Jon Bon Jovi!