Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea Bongiovi are launching a food bank on Long Island amid the spike in unemployment that has come with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation says it started distributing food Monday to help organizations combat food insecurity throughout the summer.
“The pandemic has strained food distribution networks around the country, and after hearing from organizations on the ground about its local impact, the need for a food bank on the East End became clear to us,” Bon Jovi said in a release.
“When most people think about the towns of the East End, they don’t necessarily think about hunger, but for many, it is a reality,” Bongiovi added.
The food bank will run out of space at The Clubhouse in East Hampton that was donated by the Scott Rubenstein family, the foundation said.
The food bank aims to provide food for 5,000 individuals monthly, with plans to reassess needs at the end of the summer. It will also be adding pre-made meals for people struggling with homelessness or access to cooking facilities.
Food and essential items will continue to be distributed among community members through existing food pantries.
New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., with 340,661 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to state data. In Suffolk County, the east end of Long Island, the state reports a total of 37,305 confirmed coronavirus cases.