A$AP Rocky Donates 120 Meals to New York Homeless Shelter Where He and His Mother Once Resided

The rapper and his mother lived at the homeless shelter during the early 2000s

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A$AP Rocky is a man of the people.

On Wednesday evening, ahead of Thanksgiving, the 32-year-old rapper generously donated 120 meals to a homeless shelter in New York City where he and his mother, Renee Black, once resided during the early 2000s.

According to TMZ, Rocky — whose real name is Rakim Mayers — personally delivered the meals from Harlem's Amy Ruth's Restaurant to the Regent Family Residence, a shelter located on the city's Upper West Side. The outlet states that the shelter currently serves 83 families, including 111 kids.

Volunteers of America, which manages Regent Family Residence, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

In a photograph obtained by TMZ, the Grammy-nominated musician is seen posing closely beside his mother, as the pair both donned face masks amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. For the outing, Rocky sported a white hoodie topped by an oversized red flannel shirt and a pair of jeans, as his mother wore an all-black ensemble.

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Back in 2012, Rocky spoke candidly about living in the homeless shelter with his mother and sister and the emotions behind that experience.

Speaking with Hard Knock TV, Rocky detailed that he was in middle school at the time and was embarrassed by his living situation.

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Sharing that he would tell his friends that he was in trouble when they would ask to come over, the "Fashion Killa" crooner noted that he eventually learned to accept and embrace his situation.

"I was a little embarrassed as a kid but I rejoiced it and I embraced what that is because it made me who I am today," he said at the time. "That was really hard for me back then, being kind of like exposed to that kind of lifestyle is crazy."

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And Rocky wasn't the only famous face who generously gave back with food this holiday season.

Earlier this week, Tyler Perry opened up his Atlanta movie studio, Tyler Perry Studios, for four hours to feed 5,000 families with a combination of food boxes and gift cards for local supermarket chain Kroger.

Perry, 51, personally funded the event, called TPS Giving, and studio employees donated their time to volunteer and hand out all of the goods.

"Tyler was heartbroken seeing people all over the country stand in line for food so he decided he wanted to give back to his community in Atlanta," a source close to Perry previously told PEOPLE. "Hopefully this encourages others who are able to, to give back during the holiday season in a year that has been difficult for many.”

Cars lined up over 12 hours before the official start of the event. To maintain proper COVID-19 safety protocols, the event was drive-thru only, and all employees working the event were tested ahead of time.

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