By GEOFF CUNNINGHAM Jr.
PORTSMOUTH — The founder of a soup kitchen in Washington D.C. will travel to the Seacoast for a March 6 "Frugal Feast" aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry.
Robert Egger, is slated speak at an event set to begin at 5 p.m. in the Masonic Temple at 351 Middle St.
Egger's DC Central Kitchen has distributed more than 17 million meals in the last 18 years. He is the chair of the Washington D.C. Mayor's Commission on Nutrition and was listed in the 2008 Non-Profit Times as one of the 50 most powerful and influential leaders.
The Masonic Temple will host the "Frugal Feast," which Executive Director Diane Giese said will give attendees an idea of what's being served in soup kitchens.
The evening begins with a family supper served in the tradition of local soup kitchens. A silent auction will be held to help raise money for a Seacoast Family Food Pantry whose mission it is to offer help with food and personal care items for the region's underprivileged.
Giese said Egger's speech would be the night's highlight. Giese added that Egger is known as a charismatic speaker, and his March 6 appearance will see him speaking to attendees about the lack of sufficient food and other topics, like his ongoing involvement in a campaign to ensure nonprofits put themselves in a position to have a bigger voice in the political realm.
Giese said the event is less of a fundraiser and more an attempt to raise awareness about the food pantry.
'It's about getting our name out there and networking with other agencies," Giese said.
Giese said the night will be informal and fun, and street performers will entertain attendees.
Tickets for the event range in price and can be obtained by calling the Seacoast Family Food Pantry at 436-6161 or by e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the event, go to www.seacoastfamilyfoodpantry.org. To learn more about Egger, visit www.robertegger.org.