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Up in California's Bay Area, Alejandro is meeting with veterans and volunteers of the Delta Veterans Group at the Bay Area Rescue Mission where he meets the staff, serve foods and delivers a scooter before meeting with Chef Kathy Fang of San Franciso's Fang Restaurant to surprise the DVG with a gorgeous garden meal. Presented by Land O'Lakes

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- My name is Alejandro and traveling is what I do. I'm taking The Good Truck across California to discover some extraordinary organizations and the people behind them. It's time we recognize the individuals that make it all happen. With the help of local chefs and our mobile kitchen, we're giving thanks one meal at a time to the good people who make their communities a great place. This is The Good Truck. Today, The Good Truck is arriving to the Bay Area in Northern California. This geographically diverse location is home to cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. All in all, nine counties, countless communities, and an assortment of culinary backgrounds make up this region of the state. I'm on my way to volunteer with the Delta Veterans Group, which helps the selfless men and women who have served this country. After that, I'll meet a talented chef who is continuing her family's tradition of creating delicious Chinese cuisine. Together with The Good Truck, we'll surprise our veterans and volunteers with a one-of-a-kind meal in a colorful garden setting. The Delta Veterans Group is made up of veterans and civilians who assist service men and women who need a helping hand. They also work closely with other veteran organizations like the Bay Area Rescue Mission, which is where I'm stopping first to learn more about the group and help out. Hello gentlemen, how are you? - Alejandro! - George Brown, Delta Veterans Group. Glad to meet you. - George Brown. - Dan Helix, Delta Veterans Group, Bay Area Rescue Mission. - How are you? - Alejandro, JR Wilson. I'm the founder and the president of Delta Veterans Group. We bring in veterans that are homeless and we provide them with four principles, that being housing, education, health, and employment. - I'm on the board of directors for the Delta Veterans Group but I'm also the director at the Bay Area Rescue Mission, which is where we are here. This is a place where people come to get their lives back on track. - Well, I'd love to learn all about it. - Come on in. - Awesome. - This is a very loving place, and at the same time it's also a very structured place, which is what a lot of people need. - And then what we want to do is come in and work with them so they can now leap out into their community and serve. - Coming out of the military, I did 21 years, and as I retired and came back home I got involved. It was a good transition on my way home. - [Alejandro] Helping the homeless is so important to the Group and the Mission. I was so motivated to see more of the program here and get involved. - We have homeless folks that come in that need some guidance to be able to get themselves righted in life. When these guys come in and they mess up and they make mistakes, we go "Hey, what's going on?" You know, how can we change this and will you give them the opportunity to correct the challenges that frankly brought them here to begin with? They work half a day in a service opportunity and then four hours a day during class. It's a very complete program, a very thorough program. Alejandro, this is Chris, Chef Dikes. He is is the guy that puts out between-- - Nice to meet you. - 700 and 1,000 meals every single day and about 2,000 during the holiday weeks. - It's actually a training facility. It's guys that are in a program that want to change their lives. Once you teach somebody somethin', they move on and I have a lot of success stories. This is Joey Ramirez. Joey, he wasn't entered for a long time but today he's volunteering just to help me out. - I came here at 25, decided that I really needed help. So the Mission's done a lot for me since I've been here. My family at the store taught me all these different tools that I could use when I get out there. - You're happy now? - Yeah, I'm great. I'm moving out in June to go start my journey. - [Alejandro] That's awesome, dude. - What we have here is we have a transitional work program. It's a training part to teach them how to make quiche, and we actually sell these to coffee shops. Eddie showed interest inta baking and he just took off like wild fire. - Pretty much we make everything here. All the ingredients are comin' fresh, so. - [Chris] This is guaranteed for him to be successful in life to where he can go to a company that bakes and get in a job just like that. - That's amazing man, congratulations dude. Very nice meeting you. - [Chris] This gentleman right here is Tobari. Tobari is my shift leader for my dinner shift. He was started from pots and pans and now he's a shift leader and he oversees everything. - At 1:15, the men are going to come. - Okay. - So you can help me serve. - It's amazing the good heart in people. There you go, brother. There you go sir, enjoy. - I've been through a lot of shelters and programs, but this is like, man. - Yeah, it's something else. - Can't say nothing bad about this program. I'm lucky to still be alive for a second chance, that's all. - Absolutely. Another program the Delta Veterans Group has is donating equipment to help veterans in need of assistance. I'm meeting back with JR and George, who are getting ready to deliver a scooter to Mr Ramos. - Mr Ramos was a door gunner in Vietnam. So he hung out of the helicopters as they were comin' in for the landing and he really cleared the way. - It's a very important job. - It is. - [Alejandro] Today Mr Ramos' life is going to be changed. - How ya doin'? - Goodness. - How's it goin'? - I'm JR Wilson, Delta Veterans Group. - This is it? - We're here to present you with a scooter. - Oh, ho ho ho! This is gonna make life so much easier! I can't walk very far at all. This is gonna make things really nice for us. Delta Veterans Group is gonna be a big thing in my life, I think. - Oh my gosh, you're gonna be able to walk the dogs and go walk with the grandsons. Thank you! - Thank you. - And I gotta hug you. - You're very welcome. - Thank you for your service. - Okay, thanks a lot. - [Wife] We have a life! Oh ho ho ho, huh huh! - [Alejandro] What an honor this entire experience has been. And I'm so humbled by all of the veterans I've met. The desire to help one another and their community is inspiring. Now, I'm headed into San Francisco to meet with a talented local chef who's going to be preparing tonight's surprise dinner. - My name is Kathy Fang. We are currently in my restaurant, Fang Restaurant. My parents own House of Nanking. It is one of the most popular restaurant in San Francisco, so, naturally, I became really interested in restaurants and so I told my dad we should totally open another restaurant. We call our food Chinese, but it's our own version of Chinese. It doesn't belong in any particular category. We like to take different parts of China and their specialties and kind of put our own spin to it. We like to use fresh local ingredients from San Francisco and incorporate that into some traditional Chinese dishes. So, it kind of becomes something new. I think food is like the easiest way to bring cultures together. It's something that everybody understands. And with food, no matter what culture, it's always shared with friends or family. - Hello Chef, how are you? - Hi, nice to meet you. - I've got to tell you, this place is beautiful! - Thank you! I'm so happy I get this opportunity to be able to cook an amazing meal for them in The Good Truck. - Want to come check it out? - Yeah, let's go. - Okay, let's go. We're here at the VFW, about to go in and surprise the volunteers of the Delta Veterans Group. I can't wait to see their reactions. - Wow! - And you can go right in. - Oh my gosh! - Oh my gosh! - Whoa, amazing, amazing! - Oh wow. - A Hummer, that's what I'm talkin' about. - Yeah! - Holy moly, everybody! - We have a big treat for you guys, let's go have fun. Okay? - Thank you very much. - Cool. - This is awesome. - See you guys in a little bit. - [Dan] Oh my God, I have never been in a limo this long. - [Alejandro] Chef Fang has The Good Truck set up at our destination and is hard at work preparing the meal for our veterans and volunteers. I'm so excited to get this started. - That was great! - Welcome, welcome. How was the drive, good? - Good, good! - With The Good Truck, our mission has been to travel all through the state of California in search of organizations that do something good for their community. Then we get the opportunity to give back to them. So, we have a special treat for you guys. Let's go in! Oh my gosh, wow! Oh, look at that, look at that! Where we sittin'? - Tonight, what we have in store for you is an amazing menu and this is Chef Kathy Fang. - Hi everyone, it's a great honor to be here and be able to do something and give back to the community just like you guys have. - Thank you. Thank you so much, Chef. - I did not get the honor to serve, the draft was called off when I was in high school. I met JR and the next thing you know, I got hooked on Delta Veterans Group and now I serve by serving veterans. - [Alejandro] Oh, wow. - I'm blown away that I get to be a part of this group. I look around and I see the spirit here and it's amazing. What an incredible treat, I'm so impressed. - I get to enjoy all of these people 'cause really, these are the ones that do all the work. You see them over there enjoying themselves and talking and stuff like that. My guys, they needed it. - We don't get many downtimes like this, especially as a group, so kind of regroup, rejuvenate, recharge. It's a busy life, but it's worth it. - [Chef Fang] This is dessert. - [George] Finger food, that's what I'm talkin' about. See, don't park it in front of Jim. - Just because we took the uniform off doesn't mean we stopped serving. And that's kind of a motto I try to live by. - After all this travel, this is gonna be the last organization we visit on this trip and I think it couldn't have ended in a better way. It's great to see people helping other people who are helping other people and to see that chain, you know, that hole loop. So thank you very much, and you guys are the true heroes. - As the Delta Veterans Group, we also want to thank you. - Wow! - We hope that you guys, you guys remember us. - Thank you for this. What an amazing journey I've had with The Good Truck. All over the state, I've been inspired and moved by the kindness of people and the communities they create. I'm so happy our mobile kitchen could give back in this special way. And this has been an adventure I will always remember.

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