Inside Jon Bon Jovi's charity restaurants

Inside Jon Bon Jovi's charity restaurants

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You can eat without paying at one of Jon Bon Jovi's two Soul Kitchen locations. Yes, you read that right. 

The rocker opened the first location in 2011 and the second in 2016 and at each one diners can elect to settle their bill by either donating $20 or volunteering at a later date. According to Soul Kitchen's website, more than 100,000 meals have been served and about 54 percent of patrons donated and 46 percent volunteered. Soul Kitchen is a pay it forward non-profit so if you cannot make a donation, your meal will be covered from someone's previous donation. 

“Our mission has always been to affect positive change and address the issues of hunger and homelessness,” Bon Jovi told Billboard. “There are no prices on our menu. So if you are in need, you participate. And that means bussing the table, washing a dish, working in our gardens.”  

The restaurants motto is "dining with dignity" and all of the ingredients are locally sourced. Each meal features a soup or salad, an entree and a dessert. 

Serving food isn't the only Bon Jovi is helping the community. Through the JBJ Soul Foundation, he also provides housing for hundreds of youth and veterans. 

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