Jon Bon Jovi‘s Red Bank, New Jersey, restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, is offering free meals for government workers on furlough during the partial government shutdown. The workers and their families will be able to visit the restaurant on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday (Jan. 21) during 12-2 p.m. ET to receive the meal.
“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, Dorethea, said in a Facebook statement. “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… 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.”
An estimated 800,000 federal workers have been impacted by the month-long partial government shutdown over Pres. Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in funding for his border wall. As the stand-off with democratic congressional leaders drags on, a raft of reports indicate that a number of federal employees who have been tasked with working without pay for two pay cycles or who have been forced to stay home awaiting a resolution are beginning to feel the effects, with many struggling to pay their mortgages or provide food for their families. In addition to Bon Jovi, celebrity chef José Andrés’ nonprofit World Central Kitchen has been serving thousands of free meals to furloughed workers.