On RHA’s first night of distribution, we realized that helping the less fortunate might feel good personally, but honestly feeding 50 odd people a night, once a week is not going to create any real difference in a country where millions are starving. For a problem this acute, we need to reach out to more people, more restaurants and more cities – the deadline being : yesterday.
Modeled on the Re-Food program, Neel Ghose and Anand Sinha start the Robin Hood initiative from Delhi serving 150 homeless people.
Through social media and some great friends the RHA expands into Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Kolkata. Inspired by the Bangalore model, the teams start reaching out to orphanages, old age homes and shelters.
RHA takes on the harsh winter and distributes thousands of blankets across the country. The team redistributes massive amounts of food wasted during the wedding season. In a landmark move, across the border Sarah and Sarfaraz set up the Robin Hood Army in Pakistan.
RHA launches its most ambitious project #Mission500k partnering with the startup ecosystem - Zomato, Uber, Grofers, etc. and musical artists - Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani and Uday Benegal uniting Indians and Pakistanis to serve 500,000 people on Independence Day. The army meanwhile marches into 10 more countries.
With 1.8 million people served – the army streamlines its processes to set up hyper-local community chapters across the world. Our focus is to become a global powerhouse in hunger alleviation and education. Watch this space for more.