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Randolph Hosts Founder of DC Central Kitchen

Robert Egger was named one of 50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders

10/27/2008 1:54:00 PM


Robert Egger

LYNCHBURG — Robert Egger, the founder and president of the D.C. Central Kitchen, will present the Ron and MaryJane Dolan Peace and Justice Fund Lecture, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel.

Egger’s lecture, “Combating Hunger–Creating Opportunity,” is free and open to the public.

Named one of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders” from 2006 to the present by the Non Profit Times, Egger is a nationally-respected authority on the non-profit world.

He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has also been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute.

Egger’s accomplishments span far beyond the Washington, D.C. area, where he founded and heads the DC Central Kitchen. This non-profit corporation began its first phase of operations in 1989, by redistributing the excess food from the Presidential inauguration. Today, the Kitchen provides a place where unemployed men and women learn marketable culinary skills while foods donated by restaurants, hotels and caterers are converted into balanced meals. Organizations in thirty cities have developed similar programs based on the Kitchen’s model. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has distributed over 20 million meals and helped 700 men and women gain full-time employment.

“Robert Egger is an effective change agent, someone who brings volunteers, donors, and the people together to create long-lasting solutions to complicated social problems,” said Jennifer Abbassi, a political science professor who is coordinating the event with staff member Stacy Delano. “I believe his talk will inspire students and our community in new and creative ways.”

Egger’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, which was released in 2004 by HarperCollins. It received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. He is currently working on his second book to be released in 2009.

Egger was the Co-Convener of the first ever Nonprofit Congress in 2006, and the Director of the New Hampshire based Primary Project through January 2008. He then founded and leads the V3 Campaign (, with the goal of having the voice, value and votes of the nonprofit sector recognized in every election in America by Inauguration day, 2017.

Egger also serves as the Chairperson of the DC Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and serves on the Boards of the Kellogg Foundation sponsored Food Systems Leadership Institute (based at UNC, Chapel Hill) and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper.

The event is sponsored by the Ron and MaryJane Dolan Peace and Justice Fund.

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