A third Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen community restaurant will open Jan. 23 on the campus of Rutgers-Newark at the university’s Paul Robeson Campus Center on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Newark.
Diners can either pay for their meals or volunteer in some capacity at the Soul Kitchen. The Rutgers-Newark Soul Kitchen will join similar Soul Kitchens in Red Bank and Toms River.
“We all think it’s a rite of passage to study hard and eat Ramen noodles. How about if it’s the only thing you can afford?” says Jon Bon Jovi on an upcoming “CBS Sunday Morning” broadcast, which will air 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.
Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Bongiovi said they’ll open more Soul Kitchens in the future. Spoon Full of Hope, a partnership between the Gateway Church of Christ of Morganville, the Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen and JBJ Soul Foundation, operated in Union Beach in 2015 and ‘16 during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
“Hunger doesn’t look like what your mind’s eye might imagine,” said Bongiovi to CBS at the Red Bank Soul Kitchen. “It’s the people at your church. It’s the kids that go to school with your kids. And I think that was eye-opening for a lot of the community here that said, ‘Oh, there’s no homeless people here.’”