Jaden Smith To Serve Free Meals To People Experiencing Homelessness With New Vegan Restaurant
The 22-year-old is using a "pay it forward" approach to feeding individuals in Los Angeles.
May 14, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Leave it up to Jaden Smith to spread some positivity in the world. The young entrepreneur and songwriter announced he will open a new vegan restaurant to serve free food to individuals experiencing homelessness.
The restaurant I Love You, which doesn't have an opening date yet, will raise its prices for regular patrons to help those in need of a free meal, Variety reported. Smith said it’s a way for people to pay it forward.
The restaurant will provide unhoused individuals with nutritional food, including grain bowls, according to Mic. Its conception comes from one of Smith’s previous charitable projects, the I Love You Restaurant food truck.
The son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith started the food truck initiative on his 21st birthday roughly two years ago. According to Mic, its mission was to feed unhoused individuals by distributing food to people living in Los Angeles’ Skid Row region. Now, it has reached thousands of people in Harlem and New York City, Totally Vegan Buzz reported.
Last year, the food truck, which also served vegan meals, was restricted from handing out food as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a response, Smith began distributing care packages that included food, clothing, hand sanitizer and masks. But with Los Angeles County and other parts of the U.S. slowly easing its pandemic restrictions, Smith, who will turn 23 in July, decided it was time to expand his philanthropic food endeavor.