Growing up in Los Angeles and now working in the epicenter of Hollywood, it's pretty easy to forget about the world outside of our little bubble. And so it was a privilege and honor to join some co-workers recently for a night out with The Burrito Project. It really affected me and so I wanted to share it with you here.
TBP began a few years ago as a group of friends, meeting monthly to commune with one another and share quality food with the disenfranchised people of Los Angeles. Today, it is made up of several chapters across Los Angeles, its surrounding areas, and throughout the country, which each take responsibility for meeting, purchasing, production, and the distribution of fresh burritos. Their aim is to serve as a message of hope for the homeless population that have been neglected and ignored.
Despite the reasons for these people’s displacement, The Burrito Project offers them warm food without judgment. There is no sermon or lecture but there are handshakes, hugs and stories. While they do not claim to be a solution to a big, often forgotten problem, their project is an inspiring starting point that hopefully motivates all those who come in contact with them to make a difference.
It's this simple thing we did that almost seems like nothing and it makes such a difference. You just show up, assembly line about 100 burritos and then you caravan to a location to serve them to those in need. Those people have come to expect and appreciate TBP and line up in anticipation. The burritos get handed out in no time, and before you know it, you're turning people away.
The people who run the program rely on donations to buy the food but often buy it themselves. The kitchen we used was in a community center at a local park -- a dodgeball league rents the indoor court for practice and their rental includes the kitchen, which they don't use, so they allow TBP to utilize it.
I was really moved spending time with this special group and I plan to go back. Whatever gifts they may share with the community during their regular meet-ups, what they shared with me was immeasurable as well.
To learn more about The Burrito Project, please visit their website. They regularly post updates and meeting invites in their chapter Facebook groups. You can pay a visit to the chapter I met up with in West Los Angeles here.
No matter what city you may live in, it’s important to remember that valuable lesson we all learned as children: SHARING.