A former auto body shop in Red Bank is now a community restaurant.

The Jon Bon Jovi Foundation Soul Kitchen Community Restaurant is now open on Monmouth Street.

Volunteers can work at the Soul Kitchen or with other local non-profits like Lunch Break or The Parker Family Health Center. Those who can pay are encouraged to leave more than the suggested donation.

"The Soul Kitchen is meant to serve people in need who then donate their time in our community in exchange for a nutritious meal for themselves and their families," says Jon Bon Jovi.

The model was inspired by similar kitchens already in operation in a handful of cities across the country. The Soul Kitchen uses ingredients from its own organic gardens.

"Here, we hope to empower individuals who just need a hand up and enable some who just need to lend a hand," says Bon Jovi.

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation has been a non-profit for five years. The opening of the kitchen marks the expansion of the Foundation's efforts from affordable housing to hunger. Both the Soul Kitchen and the Soul Foundation work towards the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

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