EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera distributes food to the homeless in East Los Angeles once or twice a week. But instead of making his deliveries in a car or van, Barrera loads the food, which includes oranges, lemons and grapefruit he picks from neighborhood trees, into a plastic milk crate attached to the back of his old Schwinn Voyager.
But as donations have increased, that crate has become too small and the load to heavy for the old bike. So, Barrera is raising money to by an electric cargo bike to make larger deliveries.
This morning found Barrera pedaling down Whittier Boulevard for an early morning delivery. “Funny but I never went cruising down Whittier in a low rider,” he said.