Jackson Heights resident and founder of the nonprofit organization An Angel in Queens Jorge Mu–oz was invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens).
Mu–oz has been a community leader in the fight against hunger. His group has served more than 225,000 home-cooked meals to homeless and unemployed New Yorkers since 2004.
He was recognized as a CNN Hero in 2009 and received the Presidential Citizens Medal from Obama.
“I am honored to have been Congressman Crowley’s guest at this year’s State of the Union,” Mu–oz said. “It makes me incredibly proud, as a Colombian immigrant, to be recognized for the work I’ve done on behalf of our city’s vulnerable communities.”
Crowley, who has been an advocate for anti-hunger programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, noted the importance of groups like An Angel in Queens.
“At a time when so many Americans are still facing economic uncertainty, Jorge’s work continues to be a lifeline for countless families in the borough of Queens and throughout the City of New York,” Crowley said.