Snow Day serving up food on Governors Island, NY

Thomas Shomaker

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A New Fleet of Food Trucks Offers a Better Path for Formerly Jailed Kids

Drive Change hires young people who have just been released from adult prisons to work at its first venture.

Snow Day is the first in a potential fleet of food trucks by the New York City-based nonprofit Drive Change. On its menu: locally-sourced, maple syrup-inspired food that is prepared, cooked and served by formerly incarcerated youth.

Jordyn Lexton founded the organization in 2013 with the goal of reducing the number of young people that return to jail after being released with a criminal record. She employs them at $11 and hour and provides what she hopes will be a launchpad into the food industry or other employment opportunities.

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Jacob Templin is the director of video for NationSwell.