By Debra Liu
Savory pancakes poppers, maple grilled cheese, maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and sugar on snow. Those are just a few of the drool-worthy items that will be offered on the Snow Day Food Truck, which will be pounding NYC pavement for the first time this winter. Perfect timing because the heavenly dynamic duo of maple and bacon is exactly what makes our hungry stomachs warm and happy come winter time.
We’re super excited, because not only is the delicious food locally sourced and uniquely inspired by New York State Maple Syrup, but Snow Day is the first food truck built and operated by Drive Change, a social justice organization with an incredible mission:
“Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.”
Drive Change builds, designs and operates food trucks to employ previously incarcerated youth offenders, providing them with training and skills in the food industry. The program is an eight month program split into three phases; training, practicum working on food trucks, and continuing job development. Participants enrolled in the program will be paid an hourly wage.
Jordyn Lexton founded Drive Change with Annie Bickerton, after being inspired by her experience teaching at East River Academy, a public school located on Rikers Island, where she saw that the rate of youth offenders returning to prison within a year of release was unfortunately, much too high. According to Lexton, “the time of re-entry is a fragile time”, and Lexton and Bickerton hope that by providing youth offenders with stable jobs, they will break the vicious cycle and lower the recidivism rate.
Lexton and Bickerton plan to add a new food truck each year and serve 150 youth by 2018. All sales from their food trucks will go directly back into the organization to help with re-entry program costs.
An amazing social mission in combination with a delicious food truck – it doesn’t get any better than this. We can’t wait for Snow Day to launch in a few weeks!
We’ll keep you updated – simply follow us on Twitter @FoodtoEat to stay up-to-date on food truck happenings and more importantly, so you know exactly where and when to hit it up Snow Day on opening day.
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