In his March 2 post, Roy Choi reflected on the failures in society that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The lack of accessibility and affordability, especially in food, nutrition, and healthcare … make the divide even deeper,” he wrote. “I don’t have all the answers … But on the streets, feeding, you can’t tell me nothing. Invincible. Because the only thing I answer to is the truth and our collective unity.”
Choi and his Kogi BBQ food truck have been hosting free-food “drive-thrus” since the first days of the pandemic: way back in March 2020 in San Gabriel, California (via Cal State Fullerton); in May 2020 with the L.A. Galaxy soccer team and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (via CBS Los Angeles); and on February 28 in Long Beach, where he served 700 meals, primarily to people in the hospitality industry (via Long Beach Post). This latest effort was co-sponsored by Voodoo Ranger IPA.
“Each time we do these drive-thrus, I’m laying bricks to what I hope will one day become my nonprofit foundation that can live and put love into the world long after my physical body leaves the earth,” Choi wrote on Instagram. “Because feeding folks for free, no questions asked, is what it’s all about.” Choi is accepting donations for this effort through a link at the top of the page at kogibbq.com.