Food Shift launches a test kitchen for a better food system
STORY AND PHOTO BY A. K. CARROLL
Food-waste activist Dana Frasz was blanching a massive vat of green beans when she first learned of Robert Egger, the man she would later describe as her “soul brother.” Egger is founder and president of DC Central Kitchen, an East Coast social enterprise that recycles food, distributes meals, fulfills catering contracts, and provides job training for unemployed adults.
“I was working at Ashoka [a network of social entrepreneurs who implement systems change on a global scale], and my team of 12 decided to do a volunteer day at DC Kitchen,” says Frasz, who was then in her third year as a project manager. “I was reading the articles on the walls and seeing pictures of Robert that I’ll never forget.” Egger’s combination of feeding hungry people, empowering vulnerable populations, and reducing food waste perfectly aligned with Frasz’s deepest passions.
Shortly after volunteering at DC Kitchen in June of 2010, Frasz told Egger of her plan to start her own project, and he agreed to support and advise her. Frasz went on to become the founder and director of the East Bay nonprofit Food Shift, which helps businesses and organizations reduce food waste.… Read More