JBJ Soul Kitchen is a non-profit community restaurant located at 207 Monmouth Street in Red Bank (they also have a location at 1769 Hooper Ave., Toms River) that provides healthy meals to paying and in-need customers. “It is not a soup kitchen or a pay what you want model,” said Bongiovi. She stressed it is a pay it forward model that empowers those in need to contribute their time around the restaurant helping out. Paying customers donate extra to cover the cost of the in-need diners.
Rabbi Marc Kline from the Monmouth Reform Temple spoke with passion about serving the community. “Everyone here is hopeful that the whole world does better,” Kline said. “We need to figure out how to meet people where they are and grow with empathy.”