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Today's Style section of the Washington Post contains an interview of a friend of mine. 


I have known Robert Egger since 1973.  We played JV Soccer together our sophomore year of high school.  He was pretty much our very best class clown (R.E. Lee HS, Class of '76).  I remember some of his "causes" way back then: promoting the mood ring craze, and starting up a campaign to free Patty Hearst ( the infamous "Tania" of the Symbionese Liberation Army back in 1974).  One indelible image I have is him walking around school in a 1/2 body cast following surgery to straighten his spine.  Many classmates knew of Robert's dream to someday be one of the most influential club owners of the D.C. night-time scene.  I must admit I rarely see him these days.  We catch up during class reunions, but I hear lots about him even as he hears very little from me.  That may change very soon.  Robert was influential then.  And he is influential now.

Robert is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen.  At the Kitchen, food donated by regional foodservice businesses is used to fuel the Kitchen’s nationally recognized culinary arts job training program, where unemployed men and women learn marketable skills while donations are converted into balanced meals.  The meals are then donated to various homesless shelters throughout D.C.  In Washington, Robert Chairs the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper.  He is also on the Board of the Food Systems Leadership Institute, which is based at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC and RESULTS.  He was the Co-Convener of the Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.  Robert was included in the Non Profit Times' list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential Nonprofit Leaders of 2006”.  He is also the recipient of the 2005 Volunteers of America  Community Service award and the 2004 James Beard Foundations 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 13-gallon donor to the American Red Cross.  Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change, The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was released in 2004 by HarperCollins.  It was recently awarded the 2005 McAdams Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management.

Read the Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/30/AR2007063001030.html

Check the DC Central Kitchen website: http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/

Hear a piece of Robert's Mind:  http://dccentralkitchen.blogspot.com/

Robert inspires me.  He means to challenge us.  And you know what?  He does.  Very well.

I invite you all, that after you read this, ACT ON IT!!