Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi's restaurant announced Saturday it will be serving free meals Monday afternoon to federal employees who have been furloughed during the partial government shutdown 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,” JBJ Soul Kitchen on its Facebook page.
JBJ Soul Kitchen is teaming up with the Murphy Foundation, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) and his wife’s philanthropic organization, to serve the meals at one of their New Jersey locations.
“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 to NBC New York. “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.”
JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “community restaurant” lets patrons pay a suggested donation or volunteer at the restaurant to pay for meals. The restaurant has served over 94,000 meals at its two locations, according to its website.
Roughly 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or required to work without pay since a quarter of the government was shut down on Dec. 22.