In "Broken Bread," restaurant entrepreneur and social activist Roy Choi takes viewers on a journey through L.A. to showcase the inspiring people who are working to fix broken food systems in their communities. Learn more about the individuals and organizations who are using food as a platform for activism and a catalyst for change.
Founded in 1988 by Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries serves over 10,000 former gang-involved and previously incarcerated people, providing a wide variety of training and support from workforce development through their numerous social enterprises to tattoo removal and parenting classes. The first of Homeboy Industries’ social enterprises, the Bakery employs dozens of Homeboy Industry trainees and supplies products for Homeboy Farmers Markets, Homeboy Diner, Homegirl Catering and several restaurants and cafes around Los Angeles.
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Dough Girl Pizza
Dough Girl Pizza was founded by Mar Diego, an ex-convict, chef and philanthropist, with a mission to create inspiration and rehabilitate troubled youth and adults. Located in Sylmar, the pizza shop offers unique menu options with original recipes like their animal style pizza, a traditional cheese pizza topped off with French fries and sea salt. Read more about Mar Diego's motivation behind launching Dough Girl Pizza.
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In 2010, Ron Finley set out to fix South L.A.’s food desert problem by planting vegetables in neglected dirt patches by sidewalks. He was swiftly met with a citation from the City of Los Angeles for gardening without a permit. But Finley, along with fellow green activists, fought back and won. Today, Finley continues his mission of providing gardening education to his community and transforming food deserts into food sanctuaries one block at a time. Read more about how Ron Finley built a gardening movement in his community.
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SÜPRMARKT believes everyone deserves great food. On a mission to shatter long-standing barriers to health in low income communities, SÜPRMARKT supplies low cost organic produce to low income communities in L.A. Since its founding in 2016 by L.A. native Olympia Auset, SÜPRMARKT has provided over 70,000 pounds of organic produce and has plans to open South Central’s first organic grocery. Read more about how SÜPRMARKT is supplying South L.A. with organic produce.
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Earle’s Hot Dogs
Earle’s Hot Dogs started as a hot dog cart peddled up and down Venice Beach by founders and brothers Cary and Duane Earle in 1984. In 1992, the humble cart upgraded to a brick and mortar. Two relocations and 31 years later, Earle’s is a restaurant and full-scale catering company located in Crenshaw Square. Earle’s menu has changed over the years, now with expansive plant-based offerings. But one thing stays the same: their commitment to “the empowerment of Black and brown people, supporting people from the Crenshaw Community and their hard work and dedication to quality food and superior service.” Read about Cary and Duane's journey as chefs and entrepreneurs.
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Vegan Hooligans is a pop-up food truck in L.A.’s Eagle Rock, making classic American diner food out of plant-based ingredients. Launched by vegan Jose Meija, the plant-based eatery is well known for its riffs on comfort American diner food like milkshakes and patty melts as well as fast food hits like the Carl’s Jr. Western Burger. Read more about Jose Meija's journey into plant-based diets and launching The Vegan Hooligans.