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Bon Jovi owns a restaurant with no prices on the menu

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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amongst a lot of other really cool projects:

http://www.jonbonjovisoulfoundation.org/

I knew I liked that man :)

Soul Kitchen

06/09/12

A community restaurant without prices on the menu.

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THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN SERVES UP NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR ALL; ACCEPTS BOTH CASH & VOLUNTEER HOURS AS PAYMENT
(October 19, 2011 – Red Bank, NJ)

Jon Bon Jovi today announced the opening of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to a crowd that overflowed the gardens and parking lot at the “community kitchen,” which redefines how the issue of hunger can be addressed. With no prices on the menu, the Soul Kitchen serves meals to customers who have earned them through volunteer hours. The Soul Kitchen operates as a program of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation and is sustained by cash payment from customers who are able to pay the suggested donation (or even a little more).

Joined by local dignitaries, individuals and partnering local non-profit organizations, Jon thanked the Kitchen’s “friends and neighbors” who have assisted in the two-year endeavor to open the permanent location - among them Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, former Mayor Ed McKenna and the President of the Parker Family Health Center, Dr. Eugene Cheslock.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen began serving meals in 2009, utilizing two different pilot locations and assessing the patrons’ needs and response to the model, before renovating an old 1,100 square foot auto-body shop as the Kitchen’s new, permanent location.

“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. This is a place based on and built on community – by and for the community,” said Jon Bon Jovi today.

Inspired by the old adage, “teach a man to fish,” diners in need who come to the Soul Kitchen are empowered – they have earned a seat at the table for themselves and their families through volunteer hours at the Kitchen or other local organizations. They are served nutritious culinary dishes by the wait-staff in a lovely restaurant atmosphere with the dignity of having earned their meal. On the other hand, patrons who can afford to dine anywhere are rewarded with not only a delicious meal but with the knowledge that by dining out and leaving the suggested donation, they’ve contributed to their community.

In addition to the Soul Kitchen’s own organic gardens, natural food is being provided by Whole Foods Market Middletown, in partnership with their vendors, many of whom are from New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

By adopting the community kitchen concept, the JBJ Soul Foundation has expanded its efforts - from affordable housing to hunger - as it celebrates its fifth anniversary as a non-profit organization.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
The JBJ Soul Kitchen currently has seatings from 5pm - 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 12pm - 2pm on Sundays.

ADDRESS:
207 Monmouth St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Phone: (732) 842-0900

RESERVATIONS are not needed at JBJ Soul Kitchen. We welcome everyone at our table and will seat guests on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn more: www.jbjsoulkitchen.org

To watch the Live Stream from our JBJ Soul Kitchen Press Conference, please visit the Video section of our website.

JBJ Soul Kitchen on the Today Show (air date: 10/21/2011)


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


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sherry132
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:48 PM
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I love Jon Bon Jovi. I wish HE would run for president. THANK YOU for sharing a wonderful story!

LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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I LOVE this! I wish there were one in every city...
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lga1965
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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I wonder if he is giving his daughter enough attention, care and counseling ..... she just almost overdosed at college with her boyfriend. She needs help. Charity begins at home, they say!
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survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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Quoting lga1965:

I wonder if he is giving his daughter enough attention, care and counseling ..... she just almost overdosed at college with her boyfriend. She needs help. Charity begins at home, they say!

So you believe that a childs behavior and problems are the fault of the parents?

I am going to go look, but addicts come from good homes too.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


lga1965
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I didn't say it was his fault...

I am saying she could use his help.

Do you like him so much that you will deny that he should help her ? He IS.her father....
But if it makes you feel better to disagree with me and pretend he is perfect ....be my guest.




Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting lga1965:

I wonder if he is giving his daughter enough attention, care and counseling ..... she just almost overdosed at college with her boyfriend. She needs help. Charity begins at home, they say!

So you believe that a childs behavior and problems are the fault of the parents?

I am going to go look, but addicts come from good homes too.

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acrogodess
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

That is so beautiful! It made me cry! I hope more communities heed this.

survivorinohio
by René on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM

lol This is very new from what I can find.  Nobody is perfect. 

He has been married for 25 yrs to his high school sweetheart though, and this daughter was born a few yrs into their marriage so from the outside looking in it appears he tries to do things right.  For that he has my respect.

Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say it was his fault...

I am saying she could use his help.

Do you like him so much that you will deny that he should help her ? He IS.her father....
But if it makes you feel better to disagree with me and pretend he is perfect ....be my guest.




Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting lga1965:

I wonder if he is giving his daughter enough attention, care and counseling ..... she just almost overdosed at college with her boyfriend. She needs help. Charity begins at home, they say!

So you believe that a childs behavior and problems are the fault of the parents?

I am going to go look, but addicts come from good homes too.


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

 Awesome!

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What a good idea!

sherry132
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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Except she is an adult who is refusing any help from her parents. He's trying to help her, but she is an adult and the choices she makes are now ON HER!

He has offered to provide all the treatment and she refused. Her mother has offered to help her, the daughter refused. 

And yes, Bon Jovi is perfect. 

Quoting lga1965:

I didn't say it was his fault...

I am saying she could use his help.

Do you like him so much that you will deny that he should help her ? He IS.her father....
But if it makes you feel better to disagree with me and pretend he is perfect ....be my guest.




Quoting survivorinohio:


Quoting lga1965:

I wonder if he is giving his daughter enough attention, care and counseling ..... she just almost overdosed at college with her boyfriend. She needs help. Charity begins at home, they say!

So you believe that a childs behavior and problems are the fault of the parents?

I am going to go look, but addicts come from good homes too.


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