I was hanging @ the intersection of San Pedro & Winston late at night last week, and a bright orange food truck came rolling up. I snapped this pic & decided to investigate what this was all about.
Turns out they were passing out free vegetarian (nice!) burritos to the homeless on the streets of the neighborhood. And, not in any Styrofoam containers (whoo-hoo)! Zero waste people- Google it- get on the bandwagon.
Here is a excerpt from their Share-A-Meal website:
Back in 2008 when the founders became inspired to form this organization, humanitarian aid relief camps in Sudan were being closed because no country including the U.S. and U.N. was willing to provide security to aid workers and relief volunteers for political reasons. Many aid workers were killed, the refugees were left to fend for themselves, and many men, women, and children died from starvation and oppression.
Around the same time, the founders visited the Golden Temple, the spiritual center of the Sikh community in Amritsar, India. They come from a multi-faith background, i.e. Sikh and Christian, and during this visit, the legend of Khalsa called to their consciousness. This is because the architecture of the Golden Temple has four doors to welcome people from all faiths to come together in prayer and in service of a community meal called Langer. An inspired community of all faiths grew from this lifestyle of service and the legend of Khalsa was born. Khalsa included the Saint Soldiers who laid down their lives for the human rights of all in their battles with oppressive forces of the time. They represented humanity and served humanity irrespective of nationality, religion and culture.
This Share-A-Meal food truck seemed to appear out of nowhere late at night on a dodgy intersection in Skid Row (after sundown that is). A middle aged man covered in blood had just run across my path giving me that familiar uneasy feeling that things can still be dangerous in the streets here despite all the “DTLA revitalization hype”- but then, this truck seemed to neutralize that sight.
The excerpt up above mentions the Golden Temple in India- a few years back I wrote of this same Temple here. Mysterious coincidence!