Queens man among 13 honored at White House

August 5, 2010 6:47:42 AM PDT
A man from Queens was among 13 people honored at the White House Wednesday.

Jorge Munoz was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, which is the nation's second highest honor for civilians.

Munoz was given the medal because of his volunteer work after using donations and money he earned as a school bus driver to feed about 130 poor people a day.

He does it all from the back of his truck under a nonprofit called An Angel in Queens.

With the help of his mother, sister and nephew, he's only missed one night of serving the meals in the past six years.

Munoz' drive to give to others began with a simple word of advice from his mother: "share."

The 46-year-old Colombian immigrant took it to heart. The homemade meals Munoz gives out can translate to 22 pounds of rice, 20 pounds of pasta, 60 pounds of chicken, 150 cups of coffee and 160 pieces of bread in a single night.