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Announcing the 2016 JBF Leadership Award Recipients

JBF Editors

June 22, 2016


Today we’re pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping with founding support from the GRACE Communications Foundation, spotlight the important and complex realms of sustainability, food access, and public health. To bring awareness to such issues, each fall in conjunction with the James Beard Foundation Food Conference, the nonprofit recognizes visionaries across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why, and what we eat.

“This year’s honorees are game-changers who have made an impact in improving childhood nutrition, fighting hunger and promoting justice and equality in our food system,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation.  “We are delighted to recognize these six visionaries as we celebrate our Foundation’s sixth annual Leadership Awards ceremony.”

The JBF Leadership Awards will take place on October 17 at a dinner ceremony at Hearst Tower. The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s seventh annual Food Conference, Now Trending: The Making of a Food Movement, taking place on October 17 and 18 in New York City. For event information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bowen & Company at 914.231.6180 or Details can also be found at

The 2016 Leadership Award Recipients are:

Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez

Co-founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain.


John Boyd, Jr.

Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association
For his leadership in the fight for African-American farmers’ civil rights.


Anna Lappé

Founder of the Small Planet Institute and Founder/Director of Real Food Media
For her work as an author, educator, and sustainable food advocate.


Jim McGovern 

Congressman, Massachusetts
For his leadership as an advocate in the fight against hunger.


Raj Patel

Author, Activist and Academic
For his scholarship and advocacy work to change the inequalities in our world’s food system.


Read the full press release here