For his 21st birthday back in 2019, Jaden Smith, son of famed actor Will Smith, decided to celebrate with the launch of his series of ‘I Love You’ vegan food trucks that provide free, healthy, and sustainable meals to the homeless community of Skid Row in Los Angeles.
Now, 22-year-old Smith wants to expand his food truck movement to a full-blown vegan restaurant that will continue to give free meals to the unsheltered. If you’re not homeless, don’t worry, you can still eat at Smith’s restaurant, but according to him, “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.”
Smith hasn’t yet revealed when his new restaurant will open nor where it will be located, but he’s instructed his followers to “keep a lookout.”
On top of his vegan food truck initiative, Smith and his father own the Just Water company that addresses the contamination of the main water system in Flint, Michigan. He’s also in collaboration with 501CTHREE.org’s Water Box project that provides access to clean water for communities in need.
The young actor and musician hopes that his two-year-long effort to feed disadvantaged communities will “[give] people what they deserve, healthy vegan food for free.” There is a lot of talk about how the maintenance of a healthy and sustainable life is not as accessible to the underprivileged. Smith’s vegan food trucks work to close this gap by feeding thousands of people in Los Angeles, as well as the unsheltered in Harlem, New York.