Final Tally for Band’s Diner Tour: $7,500

Kindred Souls presents a ‘bucket of money’ to representatives of New Jersey’s food banks at Ewing’s Mercer Street Friends Food Bank.


Two months ago, the New Jersey rock band Kindred Souls stopped by the Brownstone Diner as part of a whirlwind weekend tour of diners all across the state. The diner tour was more than mere gimmick, however. The band was doing it to raise money for New Jersey’s food banks, with a goal of bringing in $5,250.

They surpassed that goal by more than two grand and raised a total of $7,500, which they recently gave to the NJ Federation of Food Banks. The dollar figure equals roughly 30,000 tons of food.

“We’re so grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we got from the diner owners and their patrons, including the Brownstone Diner,” says Kindred Souls keyboardist and songwriter Lon Bachrach. “It was a crazy weekend, going from diner to diner, but it was worth it to be able to make such a meaningful contribution to the federation and its member food banks.”

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.