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Jon Bon Jovi Giving Free Lunch To Furloughed Federal Workers

RED BANK, N.J. (CBS News) - As the longest government shutdown in history hit the 29 day mark, Jon Bon Jovi told furloughed federal workers "I'll Be There for You" — by offering free meals at one of his New Jersey restaurants.

"In line with our mission, federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community," the eatery owned by the famed musician and his wife, Dorothea, posted on Facebook Saturday.

The JBJ Soul Kitchen and The Murphy Family Foundation would like to announce that the Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New...

Posted by JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank on Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Red Bank, New Jersey, location of JBJ Soul Kitchen will provide its first meals to furloughed workers and their families for two hours midday Monday. The schedule of future meals at the location will be announced at a later date and be determined by "turnout, feedback and demand," a news release said.

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"Since founding the Soul Kitchen, we wanted to ensure that anyone struggling with food insecurity had a place to go," Bon Jovi and his wife said in the release. "...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."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy's philanthropic organization, The Murphy Foundation, is partnering with the restaurant to provide the free meals.

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