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A Critical Need Facing Today’s College Students

 It’s hard to believe, but one in three students attending a four-year college struggle with the issue of food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. At Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N):

  • More than 50 percent of students have exceptional financial need
  • 60 percent of students have experienced food insecurity


It is also notable that Essex County, New Jersey, where RU-N is located, 16.3 percent of residents struggle with food insecurity, the highest county in the state.



An Innovative Partnership Committed to Making a Difference

 Understanding the need, campus food service partner Gourmet Dining recognized there was a successful model and a great champion in their own backyard in New Jersey – JBJ Soul Kitchen. They approached Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi and worked collaboratively with the RU-N team to bring the first JBJ Soul Kitchen on a college campus to the RU-N community. As a non-profit community restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen RU-N serves healthy, delicious meals to students, faculty and community members who have the ability to pay, in addition to students who are in need. No matter the individual’s socioeconomic situation, everyone who dines at JBJ Soul Kitchen will enjoy the same chef-created, three-course meal.



Come Dine with Us!

At JBJ Soul Kitchen RU-N, students, faculty and community members are invited to dine and pay-it-forward by making a minimum donation of $12 or using a donated meal plan “swipe” with phone case sheinoriginal siterapidwebdevelopment.de Raiders Dollars or Flex Dollars to enjoy a meal. Students may also volunteer their time by participating in various activities around the restaurant or in other campus dining locations to cover the cost of their meal. Other opportunities to make a difference include:

  • Volunteer a hour of time to pay-it-forward for another member of the campus community



  • Click here to make a contribution to JBJ Soul Kitchen at Rutgers University – Newark

JBJ Soul Kitchen at Rutgers University – Newark

Paul Robeson Campus Center – 2nd floor

350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark, NJ

Monday-Friday 11:30 am-2:00 pm

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Please contact:

Michael DiGirolomo

by stopping by the JBJ Soul Kitchen

11:30 am-2:00 pm, Monday-Friday