GOOD EATS — Elderwood at Hamburg resident Edna Cabarga is pictured rolling and wrapping a filled burrito. Photo submitted by Linda Trzyna.
HAMBURG — On the second Tuesday of every month, a group of Elderwood at Hamburg residents, staff members and volunteers work together to mix bowls of beans, cooked rice, onions and salsa for “burrito Tuesday.”
Others prepare a pile of aluminum foil squares and open packages of tortillas, forming an assembly line to prepare up to 150 burritos for distribution to homeless people in the city of Buffalo.
Burritos are packed into a lunch bag containing a banana, a pudding cup and cookies, and are then delivered by a street team of volunteers from the Buffalo Burrito Project.
According to its founder, Elderwood Chaplain Deborah Tyler, the Buffalo Burrito Project is dedicated to “easing the plight of people on the streets by bringing warm and nutritious food to Buffalo’s homeless citizens with compassion, not judgment.”
A partnership has been formed with residents at Elderwood at Hamburg. According to Tyler, these individuals sometimes personalize their burritos by attaching messages such as “God bless you” or “We care about you,” to the lunch bags.
According to coordinators, this project has inspired some homeless individuals to obtain the help they needed, to get off the streets.