The Robin Hood Army of Food

robinhoodarmyA movement that developed in India and Pakistan to help feed poor people with excess food from restaurants and other food establishment (that would otherwise be thrown out) has now spread to five countries.

In 2014, Neel Ghose in New Delhi, India, began this project to feed 150 people. His friend Sarah Afridi from Pakistan learned of the idea and began the same initiative in the major Pakistani cities of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The Robin Hood Army now exists in 23 cities across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia. In all cases, the driving power behind the Robin Hood Army is youth volunteers that collect the food from businesses and distribute it to people who are homeless or food insecure. They estimate 3,000 Robin Hoods have helped provide food to nearly 500,000 people in just two years time.

One third of the world’s food production goes to waste while one out of every nine people alive goes to bed hungry each night. In Pakistan alone, it is estimated 60% of the population is food insecure.

View¬†this article for amazing pictures of the Robin Hood Army’s work. Also see this¬†video that is less than 2 minutes about the Robin Hood Army.

Is anyone economically hurt by the actions of the Robin Hood Army?

Is everyone a winner? If you think everyone is a winner, why aren’t things like this done more?

2 thoughts on “The Robin Hood Army of Food”

  1. I think that this is a very good solution to the hunger issues with the poor peoples. This will also make sure that we won’t waste food. But Is the food healthy for them? did the food stay for long so it turns bad?

    1. I really like this question about whether the donated food is healthy. If the choice is between unhealthy food and no food, what can be done?

      I can tell you from my own experience working at a homeless shelter for youth between the ages of 13 and 30 in the United States that our more unhealthy food donations were typically eaten first by our clients while we sometimes had leftovers from our healthy food.

      It is an interesting dilemma. This also goes to the topic of education. If you want people to choose to eat healthy, they have to know why they should and become convinced they want to.

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