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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):
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.
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 – the 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, the 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 the JBJ Soul Kitchen will enjoy the same chef-created, three-course meal.
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 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:
Paul Robeson Campus Center – 2nd floor
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark, NJ