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Robert Egger is the Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, which recovers locally sourced, cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for men and women coming out of foster care and older men and women returning from incarceration.
Robert pioneered this model during his 24-year tenure as the president of theDC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen,” where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel its nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the kitchen (which is an $12-million-a-year, self-sustaining social enterprise) has produced over 35 million meals and helped 1,500 men and women gain full-time employment. The Kitchen operates its own revenue-generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in over 57 colleges or high school kitchens. The Kitchen operates its own revenue-generating business,Fresh Start Catering, as well as theCampus Kitchens Project, which coordinates similar recycling/meal programs in over 57 colleges or high school kitchens.
In addition, Robert founded CForward, an advocacy organization that promoted the economic role that nonprofits play in every community.
In Washington DC, Robert was the founding chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition, andStreet Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the co-convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.
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