Travelers looking for a little local flavor at LAX may soon be able to dine on foods freshly prepared with locally grown ingredients -- and all for a good cause.
Homegirl Café, an established downtown staple, is among several bidders hoping to land a concessions contract at LA International in a round of contract letting. If successful, the second Homegirl Café would provide jobs for former gang members and at-risk youth.
Founded by the Rev. Greg Boyle, the original Homegirl Café opened in April 2005 as another outlet for putting former gang members to work, alongside Homeboy Industries, a non-profit project started to provide young men with jobs to keep them out of trouble.
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"We are excited at the prospect of providing more opportunities for our homegirls and sharing our message with a larger audience," Boyle, known to many as Father Greg, told the Daily Breeze.
Homegirl Café has teamed with Areas USA in the contract bid, which will be considered by a selection committee next month, reported the newspaper. If their bid is successful, the café and Areas USA will develop a menu incorporating ingredients picked from garden plots at FarmLab and the Dolores Mission Catholic Church in downtown Los Angeles.