*** NOTICE: The decision to move has been changed! We are bouncing back to the Greenwood Senior Center, and settling in there. See this post for details.
The pilot project at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) has been a tremendous success. We have gotten Burritos Without Borders up on its feet, we have seen its contours and its magnitude, and we have experienced the system operating successfully.
We have learned, however, that the focus of the project is somewhere other than the PNA. Specifically, most of the burritos we make – 250 out of 300 or more – are being delivered to a different meal-provider, the Edible Hope breakfast program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard. Edible Hope serves breakfast Monday through Friday to more than 200 homeless and poor people, using 50 of our burritos every day to supplement food cooked fresh in the kitchen.
THE BURRITO PARTY IS MOVING
I have concluded, in concert with the PNA and Edible Hope, that it makes more sense to produce the burritos where they are being eaten. Therefore, starting Saturday, January 5, the Burrito Party will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710 22nd Ave NW, in Ballard, two blocks north of Market St. and across the street from the Ballard Commons Park. (There is parking behind the church, and many bus routes run on Market St.)
To work at the church will be more efficient, because we won’t need to transport burritos in a car. Further, it opens the possibility of using food-bank ingredients, because the burritos will be served where they are made (which the food bank requires). Also, it will be good to work near the people we are serving. My experience has been that close contact with the homeless and poor lends a vitality to the work of service; you get a sense of what’s at stake, and you can feel the contribution you are making.
THE LOCATION IS CHANGING, BUT THE OBJECTIVE IS THE SAME
I understand that this change may be difficult for some people to accommodate. In addition to the location, the time of day will be changing:
The Burrito Party will be from 2-5 PM on Saturday afternoon, rather than in the morning. I apologize to those who will not be able to follow us! [Edit 1/9/19: The next Burrito Party (Jan. 12) will be 1:00-3:00 PM. We will soon settle on permanent hours and arrangements, but not quite yet!]
In the long run, however, I must try to find the way that will lead to a sustainable, successful project. The leaders at Edible Hope – Sara Bates, the project manager, and Robert Loomis, the head cook – are savvy, devoted activists. They understand exactly what Burritos Without Borders is about, and they are ready to welcome us. We share an objective: to make compassion real in the world by serving those who would otherwise be hungry and alone.
There are challenges ahead! It is not trivial to learn how to cook at this scale in a new kitchen. To work with a new partner requires a careful and respectful accommodation of procedures and organizational cultures. But in another way, it’s easy – our foundation is in love, so all will be well!
- Beginning Saturday, January 5, the Burrito Party will be
Saturday afternoons, 2:00-5:00 PM. [Edit 1/9/19; The next Burrito Party, January 12, is 1:00-3:00 PM.]
- Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710 22nd Ave NW, in Ballard, two blocks north of Market St., across from Ballard Commons Park.
- Enter the basement door on 22nd Ave. There is parking behind the church, to the east. Many buses run on Market St.
- To sign up, please respond “Going” to the Facebook event, or if you don’t do Facebook, please email me.
Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we make this exciting and necessary change. See you soon!