Moving quickly, Josh Levine carried a tray of hot tortillas from the kitchen to tables pushed together in the back corner of his vegan shop, Pepples Donut Farm.
“Alright, you guys!” he shouted at the volunteers as he dropped the trays. Each person, holding metal spoons at the ready, sprang into action and began to assemble vegan burritos. Rice. Beans. Vegetables. Salsa. Roll into foil and place in a box.
After 100 burritos were rolled, members of the Oakland Burrito Project took a box and drove to one of six homeless camps in West Oakland.
Levine started the Oakland Burrito Project after he heard about the Burrito Project in Los Angeles. “I was really moved to bring it home to Oakland,” he said. “The mission is to make a bunch of burritos and give them to people who are hungry and in need.”
Diana Cossio and Sarah Baker, veteran volunteers, left for a camp at the corner of 26th Street and Wood Street. “The more that we can share and distribute, the better,” Cossio said while driving. “It’s pretty cool, but I don’t know if they know of us as the burrito people yet,” she said with a smile and shimmy of her shoulders.
The Oakland Burrito Project meets once a month to prepare and distribute food and can be found on Facebook at burritoprojectoaktown. Click the video above to see them at work.