Rocker Opens On-Campus Restaurant For Hungry Students
It's part of Jon Bon Jovi's commitment to addressing food insecurity on college campuses.
It's hard to believe, but one in three students attending a four-year college in the U.S. struggles with hunger. The fancy name for this is "food insecurity," defined as a lack of reliable access to sources of healthy, affordable food.
Fighting student hunger is "in the window" for Jon Bon Jovi.
It's why rock legend Jon Bon Jovi has opened a third location of his JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant on the Newark campus of Rutgers University to make sure college students don't go hungry. "We were very aware of food insecurity on college campuses," Bon Jovi said in explaining why he and his wife Dorothea decided to take Rutgers up on their invitation to locate a Soul Kitchen in the Robeson Campus Center.
Essex County, NJ, where Rutgers University Newark (RU-N) is located, has the highest percentage of people struggling with food insecurity, at 16.3 percent.
RU-N Associate Dean Angie Bonilla (R) enjoying lunch with student government leaders.JBJ Soul Foundation/Faceboo
Just like the Bon Jovi Foundation's other restaurants, the eatery is non-profit and offers diners sit-down, chef-created, three-course meals. Students, faculty, even community members have the option of paying for their meals with money or through volunteer work. People can also pay-it-forward with donations that go on meal plan "swipes" for students who need them.