In addition to serving delicious food, a U.S. food truck is presenting former inmates a wonderful opportunity.
Non-profit Drive Change is recruiting formerly incarcerated individuals to work for a food truck based in New York. Some of the mouth-watering items the award-winning food truck called Snowday serves include grilled cheese sandwiches.
“We hire, teach and empower young people who are coming home from the criminal justice system,” Drive Change Founder Jordyn Lexton said, as reported by Pix 11.
Year-long paid fellowships are offered to individuals of ages of between 17 and 25 years who have recently come out of the criminal justice system. As reported by 9NEWS.com.au, these fellowships have three phases.
“A felony conviction is like the ultimate black eye,” Roy Waterman, director of engagement at Drive Change, said. “No matter how many years pass by it’s always on your record.”
As part of the first phase, a worker will receive $9 an hour and obtain all necessary food and mobile vendor licenses under the mentorship of Drive Change coaches. Upon training and certification, their pay will be raised to $11 an hour.
In addition, they will learn different skills required at food truck jobs. One could also attend professional courses for social media, marketing, money management and small business development, the Huffington Post reports.
In the last phase, the employees will step out of the food truck setting and work at another job, typically a restaurant. At the same, they will continue their courses. Drive Change will pay their wages during this time.
Some of the foundation’s workers have earned jobs and employments in restaurants and catering businesses. One of these in Frederick Coleman, who is currently a line cook at Reynard restaurant, Williamsburg.
“We’re transparent about what we’re doing,” Lexton said. “We believe that by having this really positive interaction at our truck, we might actually help to dispel some of the preconceived notions that people have about what is means to be formerly incarcerated.”
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