TOMS RIVER, NJ – One of our most popular fundraising events is back! The JBJ Soul Kitchen 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off, Presented by Vydia, honors and thanks local first responders for their dedicated service to our community. JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River will host its 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, October 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at 1769 Hooper Avenue in Toms River, NJ. Fire, EMS and police departments, as well as First AID Squads, participate for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the annual Fall event. For a $20 Pay It Forward donation, guests are given the opportunity to taste all the featured chili entries and vote for their favorite. Healthy, seasonal appetizers created by Executive Chef Rob Wood will be available for all guests. Free children’s activities provided by Home Run Party Entertainment, including face painting, balloon twisting, glitter tattoos & more!
“Our Chili Cook-Off is a great yearly event that everyone loves and looks forward to,” said Lou Morreale, General Manager of both restaurants. “The competition is fierce, and the victory is sweet! Not to mention, the Chili Chef First Responders that compete are super creative with their take on chili!”
An additional opportunity to purchase ceramic bowls from the “Every Bowl Feeds a Soul” Empty Bowls Event will be available for a $20 Pay It Forward donation. Your donation feeds families and individuals in need. Bowls were hand-crafted by students throughout New Jersey as a part of a year-long effort to raise hunger awareness in our area.
“This is one of my favorite events,” said Joanne Gwin, Community Coordinator of JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River. “It is an opportunity for everyone attending to be part of something bigger than themselves. Everyone attending the event Pays It Forward with their entrance fee, and each Pay It Forward provides a meal for someone in the community who is facing food insecurity.”
Fulfill’s People’s Pantry, of The B.E.A.T. Center, will be hosting a “Holiday Wish List” food drive during the Chili Cook-Off. They are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, boxed potatoes and stuffing, spices, baking items and mixes, and the donation of manual can openers is also greatly appreciated! This will be in effort to help make the holidays a bit brighter for those who are suffering from food insecurity.
If you are a member of the local emergency services and are interested in participating please visit www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/chili-cook-off or email Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org additional information.
Where: JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River, 1769 Hooper Avenue Toms River, NJ 08753
List of Expected Participants (subject to change) – Be sure to support your local first responders!
About JBJ Soul Foundation: Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has worked to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and hunger in communities across America. Through grant funding of local and national partner projects and creating sustainable programs, the JBJ Soul Foundation has helped provide funding for over 1,000 units of affordable housing and shelter in 11 states and Washington DC for thousands of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and financial instability including youth and veterans. For more information, please visit jbjsf.org.
About JBJ Soul Kitchen: The JBJ Soul Kitchen seeks to provide healthy, locally sourced food in a restaurant setting to an in-need and paying customer to address issues of food insecurity. We empower individuals by providing resources and volunteer opportunities. We encourage our paying customers to effect change by paying-it-forward to cover the cost of the in-need customers. We promise to treat all our customers with dignity and respect while uniting communities and forming healthy and lasting relationships through food.
For Additional Information: https://jbjsoulkitchen.org/chili-cook-off/
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