Monthly Archives: October 2023


Support JBJ Soul Kitchen During The Boss Mistletoe Rock Radiothon

The Boss Mistletoe Rock Radiothon, in support of our program, JBJ Soul Kitchen, will take place on December 8th from 6am to 7pm at our JBJ Soul Kitchen locations in Red Bank and Toms River and at the Freehold Raceway Mall.

Your generous donation of $20 or more will score you a pair of tickets to The Boss Mistletoe Rock Holiday Party, at Bar Anticipation on Wednesday, December 13th starting at 7pm featuring Super Trans Am and tons of great prizes! There are many ways to donate.

Pledge to Pay It Forward for a year! Commit to an annual donation of $20 or more each month, and you’ll become a Mistletoe Rock “Partner in Soul.” We will send you a limited-edition Mistletoe Rock Radiothon t-shirt that you can proudly wear to show your support for JBJ Soul Kitchen! 


What is the Boss Mistletoe Rock Radiothon, and when is it taking place?

The Boss Mistletoe Rock Radiothon is a fundraising event in support of JBJ Soul Kitchen. It will take place on December 8th from 6am-7pm at JBJ Soul Kitchen locations in Red Bank and Toms River, as well as at the Freehold Raceway Mall.

How can I contribute to the Radiothon?

There are several ways to donate:

  • Call the AJ Perri Phone Bank at 732-800-2229
  • Text “SOUL” to 732-774-4444 for the donation link
  • Make a $20 donation or more and receive two tickets to The Boss Mistletoe Rock Holiday Party at Bar Anticipation on December 13th. Linked here
  • Pledge to Pay It Forward for a year by committing to an annual donation of $20 or more each month. As a Mistletoe Rock “Partner in Soul,” you’ll receive a limited-edition Radiothon t-shirt. Linked here

How can I donate in person?

Visit us at the Freehold Raceway Mall, at the Starbuck’s Stage in Center Court, all day until 7 pm. Alternatively, donate in person from 7am-5pm at JBJ Soul Kitchen locations in Red Bank and Toms River. Everyone who donates in person will be entered to win a Jon Bon Jovi autographed headshot, where we will be giving away one at each broadcast location.

What is the Online Auction?

Bid on a variety of amazing items while supporting JBJ Soul Kitchen. The online auction features a diverse range of items, including unique experiences, memorabilia, and valuable goods. Linked here

How can I listen to 107.1 The Boss if I don’t live in New Jersey?

If you’re outside New Jersey but still want to enjoy 107.1 The Boss Mistletoe Rock Radiothon, you can tune in by visiting their website at for a live stream.

Where can I find updates and additional details about the Radiothon?

For the latest updates, including the AJ Perri Phone Bank Hotline, in-person live broadcasts, and online donations, please visit the Mistletoe Rock Radio website. Linked here

Can I still donate after the Radiothon?

Yes, you can donate online! Your ongoing support is appreciated beyond the event, ensuring a lasting impact on the community. Linked here

As our in-need population continues to grow, your support is more important than ever.

  • In 2023, 63% of our diners have identified as food insecure.
  • In September 2023, JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River served 77% of their meals to those in-need.
  • From August, JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank saw an 20% increase in people who could not afford to pay for their meals.
  • Over 185,000 meals served, and counting.

We hope to see you on December 8th as we come together to spread hope and warmth to those who need it most! Thank you for being a part of our mission and for spreading the spirit of giving. Please visit the Mistletoe Rock Radio website for the latest updates!

Please visit the Mistletoe Rock Radio website for updates on all details, including AJ Perri Phone Bank Hotline, in-person live broadcasts, or donate now through the New Jersey Natural Gas Online Donation Center.


PNC Bank Arts Center Fundraiser

This summer, JBJ Soul Kitchen was granted the wonderful opportunity to host a mission booth at PNC Bank Arts Center. Our staff and volunteers were able to educate and spread awareness about our mission in fighting food insecurity. The summer raffle included various prizes, such as JBJ Soul Kitchen merchandise. All who donated were entered to win the prized guitar signed by our Board Chairman, Jon Bon Jovi.

Thank you to everyone who visited our booth to learn more about our mission, and donated to enter our raffle. Your participation helps to further our mission in the fight against food insecurity within our community.

A very special thank you goes out to the PNC Bank Arts Center for their incredible support, which included a generously donated space for our booth as well as many concert tickets, which our team was able to raffle off to many lucky winners. We also want to express our appreciation to our team at JBJ Soul Kitchen, along with the many committed volunteers who joined us at each concert. Your dedication and hard work were instrumental in turning this fundraiser into a success.

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the autographed Jon Bon Jovi guitar – congratulations to Jessica T. on winning this prize!


8th Annual Chili Cookoff at JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River

TOMS RIVER, NJ – On Saturday, October 7th, JBJ Soul Kitchen Toms River hosted their 8th Annual Chili Cookoff, a heartfelt tribute to the service of first responders across New Jersey. Presented by Vydia, this fundraising event brought together the community to not only celebrate first responders but also to support JBJ Soul Kitchen’s mission of addressing food insecurity.

New Jersey first responders from fire departments, EMS, police, and First Aid Squads showcased their chili recipes. Attendees sampled the chili entries and cast their votes for their favorites.

Congratulations to the 8th Annual Chili Cookoff champions!

1st Place: Union Beach Police Department

2nd Place: Rutgers University Police Department

3rd Place: Newark Fire Department

Best Table: Rutgers University Police Department

Best Dressed: Toms River Police Department

Guitar Raffle: Barbra F.

50/50 Winner: Joanne W.

The event featured JBJ Soul Kitchen appetizers, including various smoked meats flavored with our JBJ Soul Seasoning. The day was filled with exciting and fun activities for all! Thanks to our community partners—Fulfill People’s Pantry, Applaud Our Kids, NJ singer/songwriter Michael Rainone, and Empty Bowls—for their awesome support and contributions to the event.

Fulfill People’s Pantry collected enough food and funds to provide almost 1,900 meals to our neighbors in need.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of our 8th Annual Chili Cookoff—participants, attendees, staff, volunteers, partners, and a special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Vydia! This event means so much to us, as we celebrate and acknowledge the dedicated service of first responders throughout New Jersey.

As a crucial part of the ongoing mission of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, events like these play a vital role in breaking the cycle of hunger, poverty and homelessness in our community.