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The ‘pay it forward’ kitchen

india Updated: Oct 24, 2011 01:00 IST

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has opened the doors to his pay-what-you-can restaurant where those who have been living on nothing but bread and a prayer can sit down to healthy, organic and vegetarian meals. The Soul Kitchen, a project of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, opened their doors last week in New Jersey, US as a community restaurant where diners pay what they can. There are no prices alongside menu items such as.

If they can’t afford to pay, patrons can instead ‘pay it forward’ by volunteering their time. Inspired by another restaurant in Denver called SAME (So All May Eat) which also served hot meals in exchange for volunteering as payment. Last December, US President Barack Obama appointed Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council on Community Solutions for his philanthropic work in poverty and homelessness through his foundation. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Fifteen, which has locations in London, Amsterdam and Cornwall, is also staffed through an apprentice program that aims to give young people aged 18 to 24, many of whom are underprivileged, work experience.