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March 20th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

CNN Heroes: Bus driver delivers free home-cooked meals

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JACKSON HEIGHTS, New York (CNN) - Every day, unemployed men gather under the elevated 7 train in Jackson Heights, Queens. Many of them are homeless. All of them are hungry. Jorge Munoz estimates he has served more than 70,000 free meals since 2004.

At around 9:30 each night, relief comes in the form of Jorge Munoz's white pickup truck, filled with hot food, coffee and hot chocolate.

The men eagerly accept containers of chicken and rice from Munoz, devouring the food on the spot. Quiet gratitude radiates from the crowd.

For many, this is their only hot meal of the day; for some, it's the first food they've eaten since last night.

"I thank God for touching that man's heart," says Eduardo, one of the regulars.

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March 20th, 2009
06:00 AM ET

What's on Tap – Friday March 20th, 2009

Happy Friday!  It's the final day of CNN's special Road to Rescue.  We hope it leads you to a better future.
As always, we want your calls, e-mails and “tweets” today.  Anything on the economy is fair game, from foreclosures to the Fed.'s trillion-dollar gamble.

We have a grand finale lined up for you:

  • The big get – Rep. Ron Paul. He is the voice of the resistance on Capitol Hill. He's enraged that the Fed. just created one-trillion-dollars of "new money" – and calls a 90% tax on executive bonuses a "disgrace," a "distraction" and an "outrage" that undermines the Constitution. 
  • For those of you who fell asleep after your late local news, we have all the highlights from the president's appearance on Leno last night, including a poor attempt at humor that has people talking today.
  • Plus – Our Fareed Zakaria landed an exclusive with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.  He talks about a couple of dirty things – AIG... and his alleged affair with a hooker. We'll have a sneak peek.
  • We also have a special look at why women are key to the recovery. As more men become victims of recession, women are gaining the power of the purse.  They're spending money in places you wouldn't expect and marketers are paying attention. There's even “just-for-women” potato chips now.

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