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Service with a smile: These volunteers feed LA's homeless, one burrito at a time

/ Source: TODAY

The Los Angeles Burrito Project has served over 100,000 meals to the homeless on LA's Skid Row. Coordinator Alan Pinel describes the project as "a group of friends: We get together, we make burritos and we go hand them out the homeless."

All workers are volunteers, and the project is fully supported by donations of food and money. Local farmers donate vegetables.

Between the donating, cooking, packing and serving, almost 50 volunteers come out on any given evening. They also hand out tortillas, socks, clothes and blankets, but the burritos are a main attraction. "They make them good," says one recipient.

And along with the food and clothing comes something else perhaps just as welcome. "Pass out everything with a smile," Pinel urges his volunteers.

Learn how to start a Burrito Project near you.