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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING MORE DIY? START A BURRITO PROJECT: Yes, an LA Burrito Project may already exist, and many people may already be familiar with this low-profile group that seeks to remain a "no fame, no faces organization with no leader or head quarters", but that is not to stop one from starting another one; LA is a big city.

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In January 2006 two friends rode their bikes around Skid Row, delivering 90 homemade-burritos to the homeless, and thus forming LA Burrito Project. Since then, the original crew has grown and they feed 300-400 homeless people weekly. However, they are not "accepting" new members; the Burrito Project seeks to maintain anonymity, and as such continue to serve as a motivational "tool for groups of friends to become active participants in their communities".

Today, Burrito Projects span from the Inland Empire and Hollywood to Detroit, Denver and even Damascus, Syria for the Falafel Project. For tips on starting your own, check out the various myspace pages or this KCRW interview. "Because mom said share..."