We find hungry schoolchildren and feed them healthy food.


We teach proper hand-washing techniques to students and their families.


Through nutrition and education, we provide a chance at a better life.

what we do

our mission

To deliver healthy food to hungry children in the poorest areas of the world.

our vision

A world where all children thrive.

where we work

the slums of asia

Our first project began in Dhaka, Bangladesh–one of the most populous and poverty-stricken mega-cities in the world. Approximately 3 million people dwell in slums. Now, we serve several schools based in the urban slums and others in remote corners of the country, where the broad smiles of the children belie the reality of the hunger and disease that they face each day.

In the summer of 2016, we expanded our reach to children in the Tondo slums of Manila, Philippines, where 80,000 people occupy each square kilometer of land. Here, we focus our efforts on a hilltop community the locals call Trash Mountain. While the joy that radiates from the 200 children here is palpable, the families are severely poor, malnourished, and lack basic necessities, like clean water, electricity, and proper sanitation.


daily menu

Our simple, nutritious meals consist of a hard-boiled egg, banana, and a pesticide-free fruit or vegetable. We serve milk once a week. We rotate our selection of fruits and vegetables to add variety, mix nutrients, and follow what is in season. We work with Direct Fresh, a farm to table chemical and pesticide-free online grocer and local vendors to keep our quality high and our prices down. We seek and receive in-kind and at-cost sources of essential items.



Contain manganese, vitamin B6, C, A. fiber, potassium, iron, and biotin. Benefit the heart, digestion, energy, bone strength, brain power, and vision.



Brain developers. Packed with iron, protein, good fats, 9 essential amino acids Vitamins A, D, E, B12, Omega-3’s and choline.


Rich source of calcium, bones, and teeth. Packed with protein to give energy and build and repair muscles. A source of phosphorous, potassium, vitamin D, B12, A, B2, and niacin.


A great source of energy, rich in niacin and vitamin E, protein, fiber, and manganese.


High in protein and fiber, folate, iron, zinc, manganese, and calcium. Help with concentration, improves digestion, and strengthens the immune system.



Contain an abundance of vital nutrients, such as antioxidants, minerals, vitamins. Vitamin A for eyesight. High in iron boosts red blood cells and glutamine acid boosts brain functions and memory.


Boosts brain power!Chock Full of vitamins C, A, B2, B3, B6a, K and E, fiber, copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus. A high source of folic acid, pantothenic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, and folate.


Packed with vitamin A, B6, C, E, and K, thiamin, niacin, and folate. Replenish water and minerals in the body to help with dehydration. Rich source of antioxidants.


Similar to samosas, the singara is a popular Bangladeshi snack usually filled with potatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and peas.







who we are

We are the children, we are the volunteers, we are the donors. We are Thrive.

the children

The children we work with are beautiful and bright, each with a distinct personality. Often, these children have only one meal a day and it is most often rice. Our goal is to teach them good hygiene and provide healthy meals to help grow strong minds and bodies.

our volunteers

Our volunteers are from all walks of life, their common goal is to help. To spend time with the children and to provide food for them. Whenever possible volunteers try to hand deliver the food, taking the time to play with the children, teaching them songs and games.

our donors

Donors are young, old, and all ages in-between. They are from all over the map. They run races, teach classes, hold lemonade stands, give stock money, donate in lieu of birthday gifts, honor a friend, and so much more all to feed the hungry children of Thrive.

our story

Today, we deliver over 8,000 meals a week to 10 schools across Bangladesh and provide feedings to over 250 weekly to community programs in the urban slums of Manila, Philippines.

news & events

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Inspiring Women: Priscilla Heffelfinger

We were so thrilled when we found out that The Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas, Inc. (FAWCO) wanted to interview our co-founder and CEO, Priscilla Heffelfinger, for the Fall issue of their newsletter Inspiring Women: Women Who Persist, Part I. In it,...

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Celebrating Five Years of Thrive

In late 2012, three women promised to bring 250 children a banana during their school day. Five years later, Thrive has much to celebrate and many to thank. This March, Board Member, Amna Rahman, opened her Dhaka home to celebrate Five Years of Thrive. Over 125 people...

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“As a mother and a cook, this is a cause that is close to my heart.” Nadiya Hussain

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