An Anchorage man driven to feed the homeless is on the road again after thieves broke into his food truck, drilled a hole to drain the gas tank and took the food he'd intended to distribute.

The food truck was vandalized April 26

Cheong Kim has been feeding the homeless in Anchorage for many years, first as a long-time volunteer at Bean's Cafe and more recently from his food truck. Kim said his commitment to community service stems from the debt he feels to the U.S. for supporting his native South Korea dating back to World War II. He's also grateful to Alaska, which welcomed him as a citizen more than 40 years ago.

Cheong Kim distributes free food to Anchorage residents in need

Kim's almost daily drives through Mountain View and Fairview, distributing donated snacks from his truck, were interrupted on April 26 — the night thieves broke into his vehicle which was parked in the lot of a friend's auto body shop. Security video shows two men stealing parts from the business on the same night that Kim's truck was vandalized.

Kim may have seen it as a setback, but it didn't take him long to get back to the business of feeding the less fortunate. Friends helped him do a temporary fix on the truck to get it running again. He bought more food with his own money. Within a week he was back up and running.

By Monday morning a GoFundMe account set up to cover the costs of permanent repairs for the truck and buy more food had raised $7,915, considerably more than the $5,000 goal. Kim seemed delighted and moved that more than 100 people had donated to the cause.

Kim said he'd still like to see the people responsible for the damage to his truck go to jail. But his mission to feed the hungry is what's most important. He said he was happy to be back on the road.

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