Robert Egger
Founder & President/DC Central Kitchen

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the nation’s first “community kitchen”, where unemployed men and women learn marketable culinary skills while donated food is converted into balanced meals. Since opening in 1989, the DCCK has distributed over 20 million meals and helped 700 men and women gain full-time employment.

Robert served as the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress in 2006, and was the founding Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition, and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper.

Robert has been on the Non Profit Times “50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders” list in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. 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. He is also a 14-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross.

Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change, received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Robert currently leads the V3 Campaign, which educates politicians to the economic contributions of America’s nonprofit sector. Robert speaks nationally and internationally on hunger and homelessness, social enterprise and nonprofit unity. For a complete list if speaking engagements, or to access Robert’s op-ed, podcasts, videos or blogs, please go to

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