The Robin Hood Army
The Robin Hood Army
There is a sense of awakening in the society, towards each other, the surroundings and elements around us which reinforce our belief in the world again. By putting bits and pieces together, our world is working towards a phenomenon that involves social inclusion, believes in breaking taboos, serving the ones in need and establishing a connection.
Brewing in a cup full of generosity, goodness and altruism, we introduce the real and unsung heroes who call themselves – ‘The Robin Hood Army’ (RHA) – and fight against the evil called hunger. Set out in four countries – India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh – it was started in August 2014 by Neel Ghose and Anand Sinha, colleagues from Zomato. The founders were inspired by Refood International – a Portuguese organization in Lisbon – which uses the hyper- local model to collect excess food and serve it to those in need.
Neel realized that such an effort would make a major difference in India because it would act as a measure against hunger and poverty. The ideology of these hunger fighters is that they’re decentralized and working in small and able teams which mostly include young professionals who contribute only their time and love, as the Group does not accept monetary contributions. The ‘Robins’, as the team members are proudly called, are responsible for specific areas and scout for local restaurants, convincing them to donate surplus food after identifying clusters of people in need, such as the homeless and orphanages, and then finally carry out weekly distributions.
Currently feeding successfully in almost 27 cities across 5 countries, with approximately 5,11,143 people served, the Robin Hood Army is growing stronger and effectual with close to 3446 Robins in their team/army. They go around fixing treats for the people in need, also collecting extras from weddings and fests. The Group believes in the motto – “Food donations are not the solution to food wastage or poverty, but food redistribution can help alleviate its impacts.”
The Robin Hood Army is only a beginning towards creating a better world as the co-founder believes – “We’re in an exciting time where more people want to bridge gaps in society, via both social media and through our volunteers. We can channel this energy and create something stronger out of this. The Robin Hood Army is just the beginning!”
Syamantak Dey, who handles the Delhi chapter, struck the write chords when he said, “Man is cruel, but Man is kind!”. He voices his opinions on more of such initiatives, saying, “Such organisations shall keep on coming in different forms, addressing different social agendas. These groups are very much needed now and in the future, to not only maintain balance and give back to the society, but also to propagate the joy of serving and spreading love!”
The team’s voice on ‘empathy in society’ resonates along the lines of – “Serving the society has always been in trend; the more we spread love, the more trendy we make it.”