Here is an exciting, heart-warming story of people making a difference, and using food to do it.

The owners of a food truck in New York City are giving new meaning to the term "soul food" – by taking in troubled souls from a juvenile prison to staff the place and master valuable job skills.

Yahoo Food reports that Snowday stands out from the hundreds of mobile eating spots on the streets of the Big Apple because it's the only one serving Canadian-themed food – with a menu that focuses on the region's varieties of maple syrup. More importantly, however, it's the only one with a mission that goes beyond dishing out tasty treats – thanks to an affiliation with a high school that operates within the New York prison system.

Jordyn Lexton, a former teacher at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, came up with the notion. She says, "It became very clear to me that support was really necessary during re-entry. And it became very clear to me that this was the work I was meant to be doing."

New York has embraced the kids' work in a big way: Snowday won the "Rookie of the Year" award at the Vendys, an annual celebration of the city's food truck culture.

What do you think? Would it work here in Grand Rapids?  Bet it would.