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October 1st, 2009
01:05 PM ET

CNN Hero: Jorge Munoz

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Jorge Munoz estimates he has served more than 70,000 free meals since 2004.

Jorge Munoz estimates he has served more than 70,000 free meals since 2004.


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Every day, unemployed men gather under the elevated 7 train in Jackson Heights, Queens. Many of them are homeless. All of them are hungry.

At around 9:30 each night, relief comes in the form of Jorge Munoz's white pickup truck, filled with hot food, coffee and hot chocolate.

The men eagerly accept containers of chicken and rice from Munoz, devouring the food on the spot. Quiet gratitude radiates from the crowd.

For many, this is their only hot meal of the day; for some, it's the first food they've eaten since last night.

"I thank God for touching that man's heart," says Eduardo, one of the regulars.

Watching Munoz, 44, distribute meals and offer extra cups of coffee, it's clear he's passionate about bringing food to hungry people. For more than four years, Munoz and his family have been feeding those in need seven nights a week, 365 days a year. To date, he estimates he's served more than 70,000 meals.

Read more about Jorge Munoz here...

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Beniam

    Great man.born to feed people.

    October 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  2. Lilian Bianchi LiaBia from Brazil

    The true charity is not in donate some money, but in we donate , donate our time. A real example of love and charity , extraordinary!

    October 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  3. Celeste

    An inspiration to all. I wish more people, including myself, could imitate his actions.

    October 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Joanne P.

    It is very good to see the face of compassion, "Munoz", in the news. Thank you.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Congrats to Jorge! He is definitely doing an awesome thing. For way too long our homeless and the ones living in poverty have been forgotten! Everyone wants to focus on poverty in other countries yet neglect what we have in our own back yard. Thankfully we still have some people like Jorge who care.

    Cindy..Ga.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  6. alex lyrics

    I have seen this guy, and others like him feeding people in many cities.

    I think all of them will truly be blessed in heaven.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

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