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7 groups fighting food waste around the world

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Robin Hood Army
credit: Robin Hood Army - Distributing food to the hungry in India

Robin Hood Army

This organization in India rescues leftover food from restaurants and weddings, redistributing it to homeless families, night shelters, orphanages, and patients in public hospitals.

What started with 6 people in Delhi, serving 150 people in a night, has grown to 3,500 “Robins” (volunteers) who have served more than half a million hungry people since August 2014. The organization continues to grow as people realize the importance of this outreach work and want to fight against unnecessary food waste.

“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.”

The group does not collect any monetary donations, but simply asks for your time. Local chapters have even been opened across the border in Pakistan, and one ambitious project on Independence Day brought together Indian and Pakistani students to serve 100,000 hungry people. During Ramadan this year, the first-ever chapter was also established in Bangladesh.

You can join by volunteering your time, or if you own a restaurant, getting in touch for the redistribution of excess food. Colleges and universities are encouraged to create their own chapters. Visit website.

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