I am happy to announce that David’s Kitchen is partnering with the Phinney Neighborhood Association on a pilot project to engage volunteers in north Seattle to create and serve meals for the homeless. “Burritos Without Borders” will convene a weekly event where volunteers gather to assemble hundreds of burritos, which I and others will deliver to places of need.
The first “Burrito Party” is this Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave N, (across from Woodland Park Zoo). There is plenty of parking in the lower lot behind the church, to the west. The #5 bus stops right in front of the church. Please join us! No special skills required.
We’ve chosen burritos because it is possible to pack a lot of nutrition into a delicious, portable package. Simple ingredients – beans, rice, cheese, and a wheat tortilla – combine to provide protein and calories that people need who are living outside or in precarious circumstances. The PNA’s professional cook, Joseph Wapner, is working on ways to add micro-nutrients and flavor by including vegetables and other ingredients.
Joseph was the one who came up with the name “Burritos Without Borders.” This whimsical phrase expresses our commitment to an ideal: In these times of growing tribal antagonisms, we believe that everyone deserves to live, and everyone deserves to eat. We hope this pilot project will engage a community of volunteers to make that commitment real, by providing simple, nourishing food to those who would otherwise go hungry, and by giving a touch of encouragement to those who would otherwise be alone.