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Meet the activist and entrepreneur changing the lives of incarcerated youth — one grilled cheese at a time

"We want to be at a place where people can't think of food trucks without thinking of social justice," said Lexton

Asha Parker
October 22, 2015 5:31PM (UTC)

Jordyn Lexton, a former Rikers Island high school teacher, sought a way to help her students adjust to life out of prison.

Lexton found that her students were most excited about their cooking class, and loved being able to share the meals they made with one another. Three years later, at the age of 28, Lexton bought a food truck with the mission of training and hiring formerly incarcerated youth in the business, and helping them to gain the skills that would allow them to find work for the rest of their lives.


The Snow Day Food truck, described by Lexton as a "vehicle for social justice" has since employed and changed the lives of dozens of young people coming home from jail, and won two Vendy food truck awards.

Watch our interview with Lexton below:

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