In an act of sheer kindness, Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen restaurant which is based in New Jersey has said it will be providing free meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families today (January 21st).
Located in Red Bank, New Jersey, the Soul Kitchen community restaurant will be opening its restaurant doors from 12 pm to 2 pm for workers who have yet to be paid since parts of the US government shut down on 22nd December last year.
The restaurant announced their free food pledge with the following: “The JBJ Soul Kitchen and The Murphy Family Foundation would like to announce that the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey will be open on January 21 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm to provide meals for furloughed Federal workers and their families.
“In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community.”
With no real end in sight, the shutdown has entered its fifth week, this is the longest in US history, and stems from President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in federal funds for a U.S.–Mexico border wall, which the Democrats are against funding.
Since its inception in October 2011, Jon Bon Jovi’s restaurant hasn’t had prices on its menu; diners instead can pay a suggested donation or volunteer at the JBJ Soul Kitchen as payment for their meal. In return, one hour of volunteer time earns a dining certificate that feeds the volunteer and up to 4 family members.