Hot Sauce! Get Your Hot Sauce!

Where else on the streets of San Diego can you get a better burrito with hot sauce? The people we serve each Sunday are most thankful for their hot burrito and often comment on how tasty they are. Every dollar donated goes to the ingredients that make up our burritos. They are filled with at least two scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, and lots of cheese. They are rolled with love and handed out with compassion and dignity.

Thanks to Mike May, who donates his pizza parlor, Long Island Mike’s Pizza,where we scramble and roll burritos each Sunday, we are able to offer hot burritos. Once the burritos are rolled, they are placed in the pizza oven. When our burritos are unwrapped downtown they are piping hot and delicious. After a volunteer suggested our burritos would be even better with hot sauce, hot sauce was added to the distrubution line. We go through about three to four bottles each Sunday. In this photo regular volunteers, Darren and Nate, compete to see who pours the most hot sauce.


Developing Young and Old

One of the focuses in BB is developing leadership skills in our young volunteers and giving them opportunities to take the reigns and lead. Here Cole, one of our original Burrito Boyz, leads the wrap-up discussion, with the youth volunteers after our second stop. This is a time with kids can share their experiences, share who they have met, and reflect on their impressions of the morning. These are warm heartfelt talks filled with smiles and inspiration.


Lee Gormley, our oldest volunteer to date at age 93, returned this spring for a second visit to volunteer for the Burrito Boyz. She was joined by her daughter who traveled from Connecticut and her grandsome visiting from San Francisco.


Mothers Day

Mother’s Day was celebrated at Hunger2Help when two mothers of core volunteers chose to spend their early Sunday morning, rolling burritos for the Burrito Boyz. Lee and Lisa, pictured here with our kitchen coordinator and head egg scrambler, Rafeal, quickly learned how to scoop up eggs and potatoes, and roll burritos. Lee, 92 years young, is our oldest volunteer to date. Lisa has since become a regular volunteer and has  taken the initiative to add sunscreen to our list of items handed out on Sundays.


You are Late!

On Sunday, May 22, while Michael & Mehrnaz were celebrating their anniversary, Tony and Rob drove the boys to distribute the breakfast burriots and water. Usually the drivers hear comments like “the burritos are still hot” or “this is the highlight of our week”, but when the delivery showed up a little before 9:00am, they were greeted with, “Hey, you’re late!”. This was said and a very funny and loving manner, but I share the story because the homeless community has really grown to appreciate and enjoy this special commitment by Alec, Luke, Nick, Cole and Joe!


On Sunday, May 8, one of our friends living on the streets did not wake up. Marvin was known for looking after other “newly homeless’ and teaching them survival skills. He will be missed by the community. Here is a picture of his chair from his memorial on May 14. Rest in Peace Marvin!