Serving second chances: NYC food truck hires ex-inmates

Snowday staffer Marivette Alicea, 25, right, discusses the food truck's "gourmet lumberjack" menu with a New York city police officer as he decides what to order during Smorgasburg at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. The truck is part of the nonprofit Drive Train program that prepares formerly incarcerated youth to re-enter the job market. They're taught to cook, plus hospitality, money management and even emotional development. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — One delicious bite at a time, Jordyn Lexton is changing the lives of formerly jailed young people.

She and her team run a New York food truck named Snowday that’s staffed by young men and women trying to rebuild their lives.

The truck is part of a nonprofit program that prepares them to re-enter the job market. They’re taught cooking skills as well as hospitality, money management and even emotional development.

About two dozen ex-inmates have gone through the program, and a few have already landed permanent jobs in the restaurant and catering industry.

The concept has not only proved successful as a jobs program. This year, Snowday won the Vendy Cup for best food truck in New York, serving maple-syrup-drizzled grilled cheese sandwiches and other farm-to-table specialties.

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