Students launch burrito drive for homeless

UP MBA students to deliver free burritos to homeless in downtown Portland on Saturday, Dec. 10 as part of Portland Burrito Project
By University of Portland

University of Portland Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students Joaquin Ortiz and Katie Smith have started the Portland Burrito Project, a group of friends that come together to make burritos and walk around downtown Portland to deliver them to the homeless. A group of 15-20 volunteers, most of whom are University of Portland students, will gather on Saturday, Dec. 10 to make burritos before heading downtown at approximately 5 p.m. The group successfully made and delivered 100 burritos earlier this year on Nov. 13.

The volunteers will begin at the Smart Park near the Portland waterfront and will walk a route of approximately 2.5 miles to the Portland Rescue Mission. According to organizers, the Burrito Project concept is simple: “friends come together, make burritos, and pass them out to hungry people in need. No political, religious, or party views of any sort.”

All the food and funds for the project are donated. Those interested in taking part in Saturday’s burrito delivery or donating can go to the Portland Burrito Project’s official website at

For more information, see this video made by the Portland Burrito Project ( and visit the Portland Burrito Project’s official Facebook page at

Ortiz and Smith both are taking a “Leadership and Higher Level Management” course as part of their MBA studies at the University of Portland, and were encouraged to practice leadership in their workplaces and community. Ortiz was involved with the Burrito Project in West Los Angeles and wanted to bring it to Portland. There are several Burrito Project chapters throughout the country.

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