September 19, 2013

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Greetings from the Bakersfield Burrito Project

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Welcome to the Bakersfield Burrito Project’s place on the Internet!

Every Sunday, come rain or shine, we meet at Wesley United Methodist Church to assemble and distribute burritos and other donated goods to people in need. On every single major holiday, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have special handouts of burritos, as well as clothes, toys and anything else donated to help make the holidays a little bit better. Plus, every single Burrito Project anniversary, we try to roll Bakersfield’s Biggest Burrito, and have beaten our record every single time!

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More than anything, we have fun doing what we do! Every Sunday, there are lots of laughs, and joking around. The light attitude comes from knowing we are doing something good for the community without attaching strings to the things we give. We don’t ask our recipients to pray, to sing, or do any other song or dance. We expect nothing in return for the food we hand out.

Keep scrolling down the page! There’s lots going on at Bakersfield Burrito Project there’s always something new.

Feel free to contact us!

Office: 930 Truxtun Avenue, Suite 110, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (Contact us before you stop by – we’re in and out of the office all day, every day!)
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BakoBurrito
Email: bakoburritoproject(atsign)gmail.com
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January 21, 2015

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Yard Sale Find Turns into a Mink Coat

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In order to attract some traffic to our yard sale on January 17th, we posted a number of pictures of all the donations we received. Lots of pictures of furniture, bric-brac, lamps and all the things one would expect at a yard sale.

There was one thing that stood out from the rest of the donations. We posted pictures of it and didn’t think much about it, other than it was a fur coat of some sort.

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It was tossed into the piles of donations, and pretty much forgotten. Our Vice-President even rolled around in the pile of clothes without thinking much about the coat underneath her.

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When one of our burrito friends saw the coat on our Facebook page, she said she had dibs on it, then asked how much we wanted for the coat. We had no idea to price such a thing, and did some online research. It was then we found out from the tag what we had.

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This was a mink opera stole from between 1903 and 1966, the only years the tag was made. It represents a high end store carrying luxurious furs. (Chances are, from the condition of the coat, it’s from the 1960’s.)

We quietly swallowed our hearts and calmed ourselves. This was no faux fur coat, but a real, vintage mink fur.

Here’s the link to the local news story on the discovery.

http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/bakersfield-burrito-project-finds-mink-coat-in-donated-goods

The question at the time of the news broadcast was if the donation was an error, and if we were willing to return it if it was. This issue was resolved within a few posts of the question.

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With all that being said, we have a mink opera stole from around the 1960’s that we are currently investigating how to properly sell to raise money for our project. We’re always willing to listen to suggestions or offers. Contact us at BakoBurritoProject@gmail.com

 




January 15, 2015

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Save the Date

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You may have received one of these cards in the mail. Or seen it in one of the places we’ve asked to put the card in their window.

Please mark your calendar for July 12, 2015. Block the whole day off.

Why you may ask?

It’s Bakersfield Burrito Project Sixth Anniversary.

And you know what that means! Bakersfield’s Biggest Burrito and a celebration with everyone that works with us, supports us, and our friends we feed and take care of every Sunday. Meet your local politicians, join the local press and help distribute items we’ve collected.

Save the date and join us!




January 12, 2015

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A Rainy Sunday with the Bakersfield Burrito Project

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New volunteers, some familiar faces, and more than hundred burritos rolled and packaged in less than fourty-five minutes. An added bonus, Wanda brought carrots from Grimway Farms that complimented the snack foods someone else donated. This week, our friends got a hot burrito and a sack lunch.

La Tortilla Factory continues donating piles of tortillas to keep the Bakersfield Burrito Project rolling!
La Tortilla Factory continues donating piles of tortillas to keep the Bakersfield Burrito Project rolling!

 

Lots of snack foods for a nice lunch sack for our friends.
Lots of snack foods for a nice lunch sack for our friends.

 

We thank Wanda, her granddaughter Hanna, and Grimway Farms for the baby carrots. They rounded out the sack lunch our friends received today. Bonus!
We thank Wanda, her granddaughter Hanna, and Grimway Farms for the baby carrots. They rounded out the sack lunch our friends received today. Bonus!

 

Some new faces on the volunteer line, some familiar faces, and our Centennial High students.
Some new faces on the volunteer line, some familiar faces, and our Centennial High students.
A rare glimpse of Board Secretary Jason blending beans for burritos. (Not that he doesn't work in the kitchen, but he's usually the one taking the photos!)
A rare glimpse of Board Secretary Jason blending beans for burritos. (Not that he doesn’t work in the kitchen, but he’s usually the one taking the photos!)
Mary and Paige working that grill. One of us! One of us!
Mary and Paige working that grill. One of us! One of us!
Mary is ready to run the BBP route, proudly displaying the door magnets.
Mary is ready to run the BBP route, proudly displaying the door magnets.

The two days of rain kept our homeless and hungry friends under shelter and we didn’t see many people on the streets. There were still those who found a dry place to sleep and stay warm.

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Hopefully, our new friend finds the burrito and the brown paper bag of goodies the Bakersfield Burrito Project left for him.

Our volunteer, Mary, told us about an encampment that had more than a dozen people there. Normally, we don’t like taking pictures of the places we deliver food; we’ve had bad experiences of people recognizing the areas and encampments are quickly broken up and our friends are sent on their way. This place was due to be broken up by Wednesday, which is really sad. This was a vacant lot that had perhaps an acre and a half of empty land that could easily accommodate quite a few camps. And, our new friends living here were doing everything they could to keep the property clean and dry. One of the women here dug ravines to drain rain water away from her encampment.

CEO Belinda and Desiree walk to Desiree's encampment in the far corner. Desiree didn't have enough blankets to keep warm. Belinda came back with blankets to make sure Desiree could bare the night. "Come back any time to check on me," Desiree said.
CEO Belinda and Desiree walk to Desiree’s encampment in the far corner. Desiree didn’t have enough blankets to keep warm. Belinda came back with blankets to make sure Desiree could bare the night. “Come back any time to check on me,” Desiree said.

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Our Centennial students were saddened to see the puppies who were so hungry. They gobbled burritos and the students kept them from fighting over the scraps.
Our Centennial students were saddened to see the puppies who were so hungry. They gobbled burritos and the students kept them from fighting over the scraps.

 

Little Danny stays near his mom, keeping safe in the Bakersfield Burrito Project group. We like taking kids on the route with us, because they learn quickly how precious it is to have what they have.
Little Danny stays near his mom, keeping safe in the Bakersfield Burrito Project group. We like taking kids on the route with us, because they learn quickly how precious it is to have what they have.



December 27, 2014

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Bakersfield Burrito Project’s 2015 Yard Sale

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Bakersfield Burrito Project’s 2015 Yard Sale is approaching. Time to clean out your old, gently used stuff and donate it to Bakersfield Burrito Project. We’ll take anything you find at a yard sale. Anything!

 

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December 26, 2014

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KGET Channel 17 News Coverage of Bakersfield Burrito Project Christmas Event

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December 25, 2014

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Christmas Lunch and Outreach

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Another Christmas with the Bakersfield Burrito Project. Our awesome volunteers cracked out about 180 burritos and had them at Millcreek Park exactly on time to feed about a hundred people. Lots of clothes and snacks and goodies. Everyone had a great time helping our community on Christmas!

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A long line of folks getting ready to receive some Christmas cheer

 

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Bakersfield Burrito Project volunteers are ready to start handing out goodies

 

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Huge stacks of clothing to give out to people in need

 

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The first of the line comes along the tables to collect the fruit, chips, water and packages of tortillas.

 

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Kern Atheist Society in attendance helping!

 

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KGET Channel 17 News covering the event.

 

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Full bags of goodies for everyone!

 

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Leaving the park better than we found it.

 

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Our Centennial High School volunteers representing on Christmas. Thanks ladies!

 

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Our buddy Greg, representing from the Bakersfield Blackboard newspaper days. (How well do you know Bakersfield’s Underground?)

 

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Everyone wants pictures with CEO Belinda!

 

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December 24, 2014

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Miss Martha makes a Rice and Bean Donation

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Big thanks to Miss Martha for the tremendous donation of rice and beans! Miss Martha said her mother made the best burritos in town, and she makes this donation in her memory. Her mother would also take the food and hand it out to those who were less fortunate. We love to continue Miss Martha’s mother’s tradition of helping those in need, and those huge bags of rice and beans will go a long way in feeding Bakersfield’s needy.

 

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December 24, 2014

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It’s Another Bakersfield Burrito Project Sunday

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Our Centennial High School students are back for the second round of volunteering for the new semester, and we have a number of our regular volunteer friends here to help out. We love when volunteers regularly show up on Sundays to help out: they get to know us and we get to know them, which helps the organization as a whole. Much more can be accomplished when the same people arrive to get to the job done. We love new volunteers as well, since new energy arrives to invigorate those already there!

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December 17, 2014

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While you’re doing your holiday shopping, add Amazon Smiles

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The Bakersfield Burrito Project is registered with Amazon Smiles.

Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3300470 and any purchase you make at Amazon, a portion will be donated to the Bakersfield Burrito Project. You can do your shopping and help BBP at the same time!
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December 10, 2014

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Bakersfield Burrito Project Newsletter Running like a Chimp?

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