Awesome! Our three favorite things: JBJ, Charity, and Food!
It's actually pretty incredible. The restaurant is "pay what you can" and was an idea formed with his wife. It's called the Soul Kitchen.
There are two ways of eating there: paying with volunteer work, or paying with whatever you can in an envelope on the table. There are no prices, and all of the food is gourmet quality!
Jon said this:
"With the economic downturn, one of the things I noticed was that disposable income was one of the first things that went. Dining out, the family going out to a restaurant, mom not having to cook, dad not having to clean up - a lot of memories were made around restaurant tables. When I learned that one in six people in this country goes to bed hungry, I thought this was the next phase of the Foundation's work."
He expands on the concept, too:
"This is not a soup kitchen. You can come here with the dignity of linens and silver, and you're served a healthy, nutritious meal. This is not burgers and fries. There's no prices on our menu, so if you want to come and you want to make a difference, leave a $20 in the envelope on the table. If you can't afford to eat, you can bus tables, you can wait tables, you can work in the kitchen as a dishwasher or sous chef. If you say to me, `I'm not a people person,' I say, `That's not a problem. We'll take you back to Lunch Break to volunteer with those people. If you don't want to volunteer with that, we'll take you to the FoodBank. If you come in and say, `I'm hungry,' we'll feed you. But we're going to need you to do something. It's very important to what we're trying to achieve."
We think this is a brilliant idea. It helps in so many different ways. We really hope it's successful!
Also — you just might see him there. JBJ loves working there, and usually does the dishes! Rad!
Good luck guys!
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