Jon Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Kitchen Restaurants Are Giving Free Meals to Those in Need Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
The rock superstar is helping people in need during the coronavirus pandemic crisis, by donating food and time to help out at his restaurants.
Jon Bon Jovi has long been financing a small fleet of restaurants and charity operations. He does this through its JBJ Soul Foundation. On March 19, he shared a photograph of himself in the kitchen of one of his restaurants.
In the photograph, Bon Jovi is seen washing the dishes surrounded by a team of workers, and they all seem very busy. Below the photo, there are words from the singer that show his feelings at the moment. Bon Jovi wrote:
“If you can’t do what you do … do what you can”
HELP WITHOUT STOPPING
Both JBJ Soul Kitchen locations, Red Bank and Toms River, reported on an Instagram post that their facilities will be open to take-out only for the needy community. They explained that due to food demand, the menu will be limited.
Jon Bon Jovi just opened a restaurant for Rutgers-Newark students who may not be able to afford a good meal. It's the third JBJ Soul Kitchen the legendary rocker has opened in N.J. Who else thinks Bon Jovi rocks?! pic.twitter.com/q3eNY4GuKz— njdotcom (@njdotcom) January 22, 2020
Locals are an alternative for those who have difficulty feeding themselves or their families. They also indicated that they would be monitoring the food supply and evaluating their operations on a daily basis.
HELP IN THE EMERGENCY
During regular operation at Soul Kitchen, people can “pay off” their meals by working some time in the kitchen. But having New Jersey in a state of emergency, volunteering is currently not possible.
Bon Jovi’s David Bryan has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Rock Hall-inducted keyboardist revealed https://t.co/WPPYavfmal— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 22, 2020
In the midst of the coronavirus quarantine, the two Soul Kitchen locations, Red Bank and Toms River, have a regular staff working and are serving meals totally free, take-away only.
Other restaurants across the country have joined the campaign to provide food to people in need during this pandemic. Burger King is offering two free meals starting from March 20th.
And under stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, people scattered throughout the Chicago metro area belted out Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer."https://t.co/xSTa4znEJB— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 22, 2020
Sweetgreen is giving free meals to medical professionals. Moe's Southwest Grill and Chipotle are offering free deliveries, while UberEats and GrubHub are also delivering free of charge.
Likewise, famous Chef José Andrés is closing his restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. Some of its locations will serve as community kitchens to feed anyone who goes there.
HELPING WITH A SONG
Bon Jovi is writing a song about the coronavirus outbreak, and he would like his fans to help him finish it. To do this, the rocker asked his followers for help to write a verse.
The new song, "Do What You Can," partially premiered Sunday night, March 22nd, on the singer's’ social media. He hopes he can write this song's lyrics together with his fans.
To participate in the idea, fans must record a video singing their own verses and posting the video on Bon Jovi's social media with the hashtag #DoWhatYouCan.
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