August 4, 2010
New York Man Recognized with Presidential Citizens Medal
‘An Angel in Queens’ Helps Feed Hungry Neighbors
Washington, DC – A local Queens resident is being honored by the White House with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work to provide food to homeless people and day laborers in Queens, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced today. For the past six years, Jorge Muñoz has used donations and money he earns as a school bus driver to feed 130 people from the back of his truck.
“Mr. Muñoz serves as a shining example of how one dedicated person can make a difference in their community,” Velázquez said.
Muñoz emigrated from Columbia in the late 1980s, later becoming a citizen. He began his effort to feed the hungry in 2004. Since then, his work has evolved into a non-profit called “An Angel in Queens.” Muñoz is estimated to have served tens of thousands of meals since he began providing free meals. While most of those he feeds are the homeless or immigrant day laborers, he offers hot meals and coffee to anyone who stands in line.
“Mr. Muñoz’s efforts are truly inspiring for all of us,” Velázquez said.
The Presidential Citizens Medal recognizes Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” The award is among the highest a President can bestow.