After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closed on Monday, June 8th and the winners were announced that Friday. Chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties, JBJ Soul Kitchen was the only non-profit community restaurant in the field of 20 nominees.
“On behalf of everyone at the JBJ Soul Kitchen I want to extend my thanks to all those who voted. To be the only non-profit recognized and to come out on top is truly an honor” said Jon Bon Jovi. “For our hard working staff and volunteers to be recognized in this way makes this moment even sweeter. We appreciate the support and hope that the mission of Soul Kitchen will encourage others to do something in their community to offer a hand up to those that need it.”