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?