DAY 2—Delivering Hope and Love Through Free Burritos

Share A Meal food truck in Los Angeles brings hope to those in the city who need it most by feeding the body and the soul, one burrito at a time.

DAY 2—Delivering Hope and Love Through Free Burritos

Share A Meal food truck in Los Angeles brings hope to those in the city who need it most by feeding the body and the soul, one burrito at a time.


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When asked what could change the world, few would answer: “A burrito.” But in Los Angeles, a city that has one of the highest homeless populations in the country, this simple meal is revolutionizing the concept of community.

Week after week, volunteers with Share A Meal donate their time to assembling and distributing burritos to the homeless living on downtown LA streets. “People come, and with their own hands they make burritos and with their own hands, they go and serve. About 800 burritos a week,” says Ravinder Singh, one of Share A Meal’s co-founders.

Inspired by the Sikh faith’s service of Langer, a community kitchen that practices the sharing of food, Share A Meal has served over 180,000 meals since its inception in 2010. But it’s about more than just parking a bright orange food truck on a dimly lit street corner; it’s about acknowledging and humanizing those on the receiving end of the gift.

“What we do is we let those folks know that somebody cares about them,” says Share A Meal’s other co-founder, Jacquelin M. Singh. “That human connection—that caring connection—does mean as much as a warm meal.”

“Food is only an excuse to see the people and to talk to them,” shares another volunteer, aptly demonstrating how a basic biological need can be transformed into something richly soul-satisfying. “It’s having a human connection that, a lot of times, they don’t get.”

Watch the difference Share A Meal is making in lives of others and tell us if you agree: the humble burrito might just be the world’s greatest hope yet.


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