Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi are getting ready to open The B.E.A.T. Center on Hooper Ave in Toms River which will feature an Ocean County satellite of The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, space for Peoples Pantry, and the second location of JBJ's Soul Kitchen Restaurant.
The B.E.A.T. Center will offer emergency food distribution and onsite client services including affordable health care, food stamps (SNAP), free tax preparation, life skills and job search support, as well as a culinary training program provided by the FoodBank. Their commercial kitchen will prepare meals for low income children and homebound seniors, while providing job training skills and real time restaurant experience to students in the culinary arts.
A fundraising campaign has been launched, and donations will be matched by the OceanFirst Foundation and the Bon Jovi's.