Homeboy Industries

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Amount:
$75,000
Year:
2020
Field of Interest:
Vulnerable Populations
Program Name:
Feed HOPE
Grant Type:
COVID-19 Response
Grant Website
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ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1988, Homeboy Industries aims to break the cycle of incarceration and violence by providing formerly incarcerated or gang-involved men and women with services and opportunities to re-enter mainstream society and become productive members of the Los Angeles community.

GRANT PURPOSE

In response to social distancing guidelines, Homeboy Industries was forced to close its dine-in social enterprise restaurants. As a result, it pivoted its social enterprise model and launched Feed HOPE, a pre-packaged meal program, that helps feed those in need while providing jobs and workforce training to its clients. In partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles, World Central Kitchen, and LATech.org, Homeboy has identified vulnerable communities in Los Angeles in need of food. Feed HOPE has employed 20 formerly incarcerated or gang-involved men and women to produce 1,500 meals in its commercial kitchen to serve individuals in these communities.

Homeboy Industries is grateful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for its support of Feed HOPE, our newest social enterprise that produces fresh, nutritious, pre-packaged emergency meals that are distributed to the community through nonprofit partners. At a time when unemployment and food insecurity are at the highest levels our community has experienced in decades, Feed HOPE is a win-win for people who need jobs and people who need food.

Tom Vozzo
President & CEO, Homeboy Industries