One Sunday night in Aug 2014, six of our Robins took to the streets of Delhi. But unlike the English forklore Robinhood, we weren’t outlaws and neither did we rob the rich to feed the poor. We were rather just a step ahead of our fictional counterpart. That night, we drove to restaurants, collected unsold food, re-packaged it and distributed it to around 150 people fighting hunger in the capital. We battled hunger with a powerful weapon – food.
However, what we didn’t realise back then was that small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Fast forward two years, the Robinhood army today comprises of more than 3500 robins who have served over 5,00,000 hungry people. Starting from Delhi, the movement has now reached 23 cities including Karachi, Dhaka, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Our basic idea is to help people around us, and in the process inspire the entire community to do so. With zero monetary contribution policy and no full time members, we work in small decentralized teams consisting of mostly young professionals / students who become responsible for specific areas. We scout for local restaurants / food banks, persuade them to donate food, identify clusters of people in need such as the homeless and orphanages and carry out distributions.
Why do we do it, you ask?
– Because hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
– Because one in eight people sleeps hungry each night.
– Because one third of the food produced around the world is never consumed.
– Because 82% of hungry people live in countries with food surpluses, not food shortages.
And above all else, food for us is just a means to an end and not an end in itself. When we return to our homes after those full tummies and unassuming smiles or after listening to that little girl who wants to become a lawyer after watching one of our lawyer robins, we know that in our own small way, we are making this world a better place to live in!
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