As Donald Trump’s partial shutdown of the U.S. government approaches the end of its first (and hopefully last) month, every little bit helps. Jon Bon Jovi is doing his part.
The ’80s rocker — he’s had quite an accomplished career, but memories of Slippery When Wet will never fade — owns and operates New Jersey’s JBJ Soul Kitchen with his wife and business partner, Dorothea. The two have offered to treat any furloughed federal employees to a free lunch on Monday.
“Since founding the Soul Kitchen, we wanted to ensure that anyone struggling with food insecurity had a place to go,” the pair said in a statement, via NBC Philadelphia. “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.”
The meals will be offered in partnership with the Murphy Family Foundation, a charitable organization founded by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy. Monday, January 21, marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The statement went on to add that additional free meals for federal employees “will be determined by turnout, feedback and demand, and will be announced at a later date.” Federal employees should bring proof of employment if they want to get in on this.
JBJ Soul Kitchen isn’t your typical restaurant. Founded in 2011, the self-described “community restaurant” serves three-course meals paid for by a suggested $20 donation. According to its website, the restaurant will still serve those who can’t afford the donation.
The partial U.S. government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 has left roughly 800,000 federal employees temporarily out of work or working without pay. It’s the longest shutdown in U.S. history and the second of Trump’s troubled tenure as president.