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Feeding the homeless one burrito at a time

Ingredients needed for 60 "Victor Valley Burritos":

• 2 pounds of pinto beans

• 2 pounds of black beans

• 3 pounds white rice

• 6 14.5-ounce cans of diced tomatoes w/green chilies

• 6 15.25-ounce cans of sweet corn

• 1 24-ounce jar of mild salsa

• Cheapest burrito sized tortillas we can find! (About 60)

Source: Victor Valley Burrito Project

APPLE VALLEY • After experiencing an outpouring of support during an extremely rough period in her life, KC Cannon said she is ready to start giving back to the community.

“I want to prepare and distribute burritos to the homeless who are in those hard to reach areas of the High Desert,” said Cannon, 37, a single mother of three from Apple Valley. “People were there for me when I was hurting physically and financially, and I want to return the favor.”

Cannon’s burrito idea originally came from a MySpace page, which outlined a community effort to feed the homeless by encouraging people “to get together with friends and build burritos to take to the streets.”

Currently on disability, Cannon is ready and able to add the Victor Valley Burrito Project to the list of 30 groups that are currently on the same mission across the country.

“A month ago, I started feeling better, so I decided that I had better start turning this dream into a burrito reality,” Cannon said. “The people that I have told are excited and are ready to start helping.”

Cannon is working to gather donations from individuals and is hoping that a local grocery store would be willing to donate food and supplies.

After she recruits her team, Cannon would like to find a restaurant to prepare the burritos and a local organization to help with distribution.

Joaquin Ortiz, who developed a website to unite burrito project groups from around the country, said Cannon’s idea may expand quickly.

“We started one group in Portland for a class project and it caught fire with the community,” Ortiz said. “After a year, we had distributed more than 1,000 burritos.”

Cannon has scheduled meetings to recruit, train and outline their burrito strategy.

“It’s a big desert to feed, but we can do it one burrito at a time,” Cannon said.

For more information on the project, click here or call (760) 780-6574.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at

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