Beyond Charity: Turning the Soup Kitchen Upside Down
Allison Aubrey and Dan Charles, September 20, 2014
This article explains the outcome of charity planned by Robert Egger in aid of individuals on the streets in Washington, D.C. Egger embarked on training underprivileged people on the streets, the majority of whom engaged in substance abuse and got involved in criminal activities, the means of cooking and getting a food handler’s authorization. Egger’s intention was to assist these people change from their life of drug abuse and criminal activities to stable employment in eateries as well as other businesses dealing with food. In his book, Alexander Moore discusses an account of the way this dream became a successful social venture.
Moore discusses the way Egger was rebuffed by well-meaning though unsuccessful attempts to provide for the underprivileged on the streets slightly before 1990. Moore affirms that charity in the US brought liberation to the giver but not remedy to the recipient. The DC Central Kitchen founded by Egger began changing excess and donated foodstuff into meals that are offered to homeless shelters, as well as other nonprofit organizations. Currently, DC Central Kitchen is a successful enterprise that provides five-thousand meals every day to local nonprofits in addition to other five-thousand meals to learning institutions.
The DC Kitchen trains about eighty individuals every year with its supplies coming from small, neighboring farms, and its operations have been emulated by many organizations and encouraged kitchen projects in institutions of higher education. In this regard, students assist in recovering food that could be thrown away and make meals for underprivileged individuals. Nevertheless, the objective has not changed; there is still pushing beyond an attitude of charity and generating novel means of combating hunger and building inviolable communities.