Robin Hood Army – an effort of two youngsters to fight hunger, to build a better society
Every Sunday evening, a group of volunteers in green t-shirts are seen in the streets of Delhi and four other Indian cities, distributing packed food like vada pav, khichdi and parathas to the homeless people. This is a collective effort of two friends who have collaborated with different restaurants and eateries in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore to serve the poor through their initiative – Robin Hood Army.
Now, they are serving only once a week, but they have plans to make it on a daily basis, since one Sunday is not enough. Notable point here is they don’t take waste food, but the leftovers to feed the needy. The best part is, some of the eateries have even decided to prepare fresh food for such people.
When we started, we were just six people in the team. From the very beginning we were clear that we won’t be serving these people waste food. We requested the eateries to give us leftovers. Some of the eateries were so excited with this concept that they chose to prepare fresh meals for us,’ said Anand Sinha, one of the guy behind the initiative.
Kebab Xpress, a Gurgaon-based restaurant provides them 100 fresh vada pavs, while late-night delivery service Midnight Munchies provides fresh khichdi and parathas.
It was Sinha’s partner Neel Ghose’s idea to replicate Portugal based organization, Re-food, which helps to end both hunger and food waste in the country. Sinha and Ghose made a facebook page and decided to post pictures and share their vision, to get volunteers for their cause. The idea worked. After an overwhelming response from Delhi, they spread their campaign to other cities. Now, they have around 120 volunteers in five cities. Their effort has enabled them to feed around 1,600 homeless every Sunday in five Indian cities.
Meet the Robin Hood Army in Pakistan.
While guys of their age spend most of the weekends in partying, these two youngsters along with the volunteers of Robin Hood Army spend their time in serving food to the homeless, in an effort to fight hunger and to build a better society for all to live in.
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Image Credits: topyaps Facebook page of Robin Hood Army.