Founder, D.C. Central Kitchen
Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Company Name: D.C. Central Kitchen
Number of pages: 5
In 1989, Robert Egger put aside his dream of starting a nightclub to found the D.C. Central Kitchen, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that collects unused food from local restaurants, caterers, and hotels, and produces 4,000 meals a day. The kitchen includes a 12-week job training program, helping former homeless transients and drug addicts get work at local restaurants. Egger also founded the Campus Kitchens Project, which recently opened six similar programs in college cafeterias across the country. In February, Egger published a book, "Begging for Change," in which he writes that the social sector is "entering one of the most critical junctures in ...our nation's history," adding that donors need to "change the way we give" and nonprofits must "change the way we use what we're given."
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