A New Jersey-based “community restaurant” owned by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife will serve a free meal to furloughed federal workers on Monday.
JBJ Soul Kitchen, which is owned by Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, is teaming up with the Murphy Family Foundation — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife’s philanthropic organization — to offer the meal, according to a release.
“Since founding the Soul Kitchen, we wanted to ensure that anyone struggling with food insecurity had a place to go,” Bon Jovi and his wife said in a statement. “This Monday, we will be open for lunch as a way to create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors.”
“We are thrilled to work together with Phil and Tammy Murphy on this endeavor, and this Monday we look forward to giving back in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” they added.
Monday’s free meal will take place from noon until 2 p.m., the release said.
“The schedule of additional meals will be determined by turnout, feedback and demand, and will be announced at a later date,” the release noted. “Those wishing to participate should bring proof of federal employment.”
About 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. 22. It is the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.