Jorge Munoz : An Inspiration
Jorge Munoz : a real life Angel, lives in Queens, New York.
This is not just a story about a man who has spent the last few years tirelessly cooking, packing and giving free, hot meals to hungry people every day under a subway stop–some 70,000 in total.
For seven years Jorge Muñoz has brought hope and happiness to the needy who gather on the street corners of Queens, New York. Jorge’s humble efforts and his heroic commitment to feed his needy neighbors equally inspires those who need help and those who can help. Seven days a week, 365 days a year, Jorge Muñoz and his family feed an average of 30-40 meals a night to a growing number of people who are out of work and out of food.
His story begins in Colombia in 1964. Jorge Muñoz grew up in a humble home where he learned to share his limited food and resources with those around him. When Jorge was in his late teens, his father was killed in an accident outside the coffee factory and his mother decided to take her children with her to a job opportunity in New York. During these early years Jorge experienced the difficulties of life as an illegal immigrant.
In 1987, Jorge, his mother Doris and his sister Luz became legal citizens of the United States and he was able to land a more secure job as a school bus driver. For nearly two decades, Jorge Muñoz lived life as an average working-class American, waking up early to head off to work, coming home in the evening and enjoying the rest of his time however he wished. But one evening in 2004, Jorge decided to chat with some of the men he had watched gather under the raised train tracks in Queens. When he heard their stories, struggles of unemployment, homelessness, and tales of immigration he was moved to take action.
It’s a lesson about compassion for people and humanity. It’s also about how one 46 year-old school bus driver, was moved to take action in a selfless and big way. Munoz says he found his passion and path in service after choosing to stop turning his cheek to a growing problem, so prevalent in his neighborhood, and so many other communities across America.