The Portland Burrito Project is a community service group that meets monthly to make burritos for the homeless and hungry around downtown Portland. Started last November by Joaquin Ortiz, a MBA student at University of Portland, the PDX Burrito Project averages about 100 burritos per session, which totals almost one thousand free meals since they started 9 months ago.
This month, the group came to the hostel to cook and roll the burritos. Armed with pounds of rice, beans, tortillas, and an energetic supply of 80s dance music, they set to work preparing the food. After a few hours of cooking, the assembly line was formed, and within 20 minutes we had 90 burritos wrapped and bagged.
We set out for downtown Portland, following a predetermined route that passes by the homeless missions on Burnside Street, Saturday Market, and a few other locations where the homeless community gathers. The burritos were gone in a matter of minutes to friendly people who appreciated a hot meal.
Soon, the organization will be a registered non-profit and they can start receiving donations from various grocery stores around the city. Until then, it’s up to the members to pitch in the ingredients.
It was a great experience and an inspiring group of people to be around. We are excited to host the Portland Burrito Project again in August. Stay tuned for updates!