One thousand burritos in thirty minutes is nothing to the enthusiastic volunteers at the South Pasadena/Lincoln Burrito Project. Alan Pinel, a Los Angeles native, started The Burrito Project in 2009, after getting involved with a similar organization in Silverlake.
The Burrito Project serves freshly-made vegan burritos to homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Burritos include rice, beans, salsa and fresh vegetables donated by the South Pasadena Farmers Market.
“The biggest misconception is that Skid Row is just full of crime and unsavory people. But I’ve noticed that there are people that are there because they’ve just fallen on hard times,” said Pinel, organizer of The Burrito Project. “There are at least ten to twelve people I have relationships with and that we see quite the consistently.”
Currently, there are over fifteen Burrito Project chapters throughout the United States. The South Pasadena/Lincoln Burrito Project attracts about fifty volunteers each month and gains followers through word-of-mouth and social media.
“I came because I thought I was going to go and bless people by giving them food, but it was actually the opposite,” said David Garcia. Garcia has known Pinel for twenty years and has volunteered with The Burrito Project for the past five years. “It just opened up my heart and now I’m hooked. It opened up a connection to humanity for me and I think that’s why a lot of people do it.”
For more information on The Burrito Project visit www.theburritoproject.org