It all started during a church service.
Anthony Singhavong, a fourth-year student at UC Irvine, was attending NewSong Community Church in the spring of 2009 when Pastor Tony Kim spoke about the importance of serving the community.
"They're just really big on inspiring the younger generation," Singhavong said about his church.
Kim mentioned the Burrito Project, a nationwide relief effort involving groups making burritos for the homeless. The project won the first MySpace Impact Award in 2006 and there are now Burrito Projects all over the United States, from Los Angeles to Detroit. The church was going to start one in northern Orange County.
Singhavong knew he wanted to be part of the project, but he had a different plan.
"We had this vision of [the Burrito Project] being run by college students," Singhavong said.
He also didn't want to be associated with the church.
"Anyone could come of any religious affiliation," he said. "Obviously we have our own beliefs and stuff, but the idea of helping another person is a worldwide, common trait."