Homeboy Industries founder and executive director, Father Greg Boyle, SJ, will be honored with the 2016 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year award on May 2 at the Civic Opera Building in Chicago. According to the James Beard Foundation, the award is "given to an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large."
L.A. Weekly recapped Father Boyle's ministry in Los Angeles, where he founded Homeboy Industries after the 1992 L.A. riots and brought rival gang members and former prisoners together to learn baking and business skills at the Homeboy Bakery. The humble Jesuit "homie" continues to grow the mission of Homeboy Industries, which is now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. The organization now also runs Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy Diner in Los Angeles City Hall, and a retail presence at farmers’ markets around Los Angeles.