The rapper-actor has announced plans to open his I Love You restaurant to feed the homeless. Launched on Jaden’s 21st birthday in 2019, the concept started as a food truck providing vegan food bowls to the residents of Skid Row in downtown L.A., the center of the growing homeless crisis.
According to Variety, it will now expand into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. “It’s for homeless people to get free food,” Smith said.
Those who are not homeless will be asked to spread the love by paying for their food as well as the person behind them. “But if you’re not homeless, not only do you have to pay, but you have to pay for more than the food’s worth so that you can pay for the person behind you,” he explained.
Jaden remains committed to feeding disadvantaged communities. “The @ILoveYouRestaurant Is A Movement That Is All About Giving People What They Deserve, Healthy, Vegan Food For Free,” he previously said.
This is Jaden’s latest act of goodwill. In 2019, he set up a mobile water filtration system in Flint, Michigan amid the water crisis that exposed 100,000 residents to elevated lead levels. He has also launched the Water Box project to provide access to clean water in underserved areas.