East L.A. food cycle

Food delivery on Whittier Boulevard | Aurelio Jose Barrera

Food delivery on Whittier Boulevard | Aurelio Jose Barrera

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.


  1. I am glad to hear that Aurelio has picked backyard fruit with Food Forward!

    • Yes I have picked with Food Forward. It is a great group of people. I have not been able to pick with them recently because life has taken me in a different direction. Anyone who has the time to volunteer with them should give it a try.

  2. Aurelio, That is a great move to deliver by bike. I write about biking locally and cargo bikes. I think your mission is a great use case for cargo bikes. I’ll shoot you and email to see how I can help you get a better hauler.

  3. Mr. Barrera thank you for all you do! God bless you!

  4. Hello peeps, I am interested in volunteering to feed the homeless. Is there a phone number I could contact? This is my email. Thank you.


    • Ana,
      I am sure there are ways you can help feed the homeless. Are you in the East LA area?

      I had out food most Sundays. There is a church in East LA that hands out food on Fridays. I just got in contact with a young woman who hands out blankets yearly and is planning to pass them out on Dec 19. She also makes sandwiches for the homeless that she hands out that day.

      Let me know if there is any specific way you want to help and I may be able to help you figure out a good way to help. Thanks for your concern. aurelio.jose.barrera@gmail.com

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