Robert Egger announced today that non-profit L.A. Kitchen will permanently close its doors on November 1 because it was unable to balance enough philanthropic contribution and income to meet its expenses. Egger brought his DC Kitchen concept to LA in 2013, which recycles excess prepared foods from restaurants and businesses primarily for the elderly, while offering kitchen training programs.
Eater spoke with Egger about L.A. Kitchen’s closing, and he cited hostility when attempting to work with Los Angeles’ Department of Aging. The key to L.A. Kitchen’s success relied on securing contracts with the Department of Aging to produce thousands of meals. When in operation, L.A. Kitchen bought reduced-priced food and employed graduated from the training programs. Egger notes that L.A. Kitchen procured a few contracts, some which produced 4,000 meals a week for Los Angeles residents over the age of 65.
Egger also recruited some notable restaurant owners on L.A.