Cuddles Foundation

Provides food and nutrition to underprivileged children suffering from cancer

  • Gold Certified 2023
  • FCRA
  • 80G
  • 12A
  • CSR-1
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  • Headquarters

    Mumbai, Maharashtra

  • Since


Cuddles Foundation believes that a well-nourished child fights cancer better. It provides food and nutrition to every child suffering from cancer. It Read morealso offers counselling and support to caregivers. It works on a capacity-building model by partnering with Government and charitable hospitals and allotting Nutritionists for necessary support on special diets for cancer patients. It has received accolades and awards which include the President’s Award for National Child Welfare for 2015-16, United Nations Global Compact and Akshaya Patra Foundation ‘Nourish The Change’, ICICI Women’s Advantage / Achievers, AIESEC Youth Leadership, SPO India Emerging NGO and Special Jury Award at the Outlook Poshan Awards 2019. Ms. Purnota Dutta Bahl, Founder & CEO, Cuddles Foundation was on the hot seat at Kaun Banega Crorepati's special episode on Karamveer (changemakers) for their relentless humanitarian work.

Demographies Served


Cuddles Foundation’s FoodHeals programme helped more than 12,900 children fight cancer working in more than 30 hospitals across 12 plus States of India.

Vision & Mission

Vision - To ensure all children fighting cancer have a chance at cure through clinical nutritional care. Mission 2027 - To bring life-saving nutrition to 80% of children seeking treatment for cancer. FoodHeals Programme active in 70 hospitals across India.

Donor History

HT Parekh Foundation, JLL, Fedbank Financial, ICICI Foundation, Omega Healthcare


  • Nutritional Counselling and Diet Planning

    This programme tracks the child’s level of malnourishment and medical condition with the help of the Cuddles FoodHeals App. It evaluates calorie deficiency and accordingly plans the diet while regularly monitoring it.

  • Free Food and Supplements

    It provides a wide range of balanced diets which includes fruits, dry fruits, eggs, ghee, lassi, milkshake and other nutritional supplements like Treptin, Pediasure & Pediagold to the affected children.

    In order to reduce treatment dropout, it provides ration supplies for one month to a family of three members.

  • Research

    It provides research support to Doctors on paediatric oncology and nutrition besides conducting nutritional fellowship programmes for nutritionists.

  • Caregiver Support

    It provides necessary counselling and emotional support to the caregivers by helping form support groups to talk about nutrition and hygiene and guiding them on cooking nutritious meals after the patient has been cured and discharged.

  • Foodheals® Program


    We work with doctors specializing in childhood cancer in government and charity cancer hospitals and create a nutrition program for children that complements their medication. The FoodHeals® Program works at 3 levels - 1) Counselling and Diet Planning: The nutritionists assess a child’s grade of malnourishment, plans her diet and monitors her progress. We evaluate side effects that may negatively impact the child’s nutritional status. 2) Food and Supplements Aid: We aid and support the child and family by providing nutritional supplements, hot meals, in-meal supplements like thick skinned fruits, milkshakes, peanuts, eggs etc. and monthly ration bundle for a family of four. 3) Caregiver Support: We also support patient families with the knowledge to make healthier food choices by organising parent support group meetings, videos and educational talks, providing induction kits for children with steel utensils for daily use.

Impact Metrics

  • Supplied Nutritional Supplements

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 27363
    • 2020-21 28441
    • 2021-22 50000
  • Supplied in Meals for Children and Caregivers

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 371371
    • 2020-21 266361
    • 2021-22 693000
  • Reach

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 14100
    • 2020-21 6100
    • 2021-22 12900
  • Impact on Nutritional Status (%Age Increase or Maintain)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2020-21 8000
    • 2021-22 8100
  • Rate of Follow Up Visits (%Age Continuing With Treatment)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2020-21 94
    • 2021-22 95

Milestones & Track Record

Leadership Team

  • Ms. Shiulee Baijal

    Head - Major Gifts (Head of Fundraising)

  • Ms. Anju Morarka

    Head of Research, Knowledge Management and Impact

  • Purnota Dutta Bahl

    Trustee, Founder & CEO

  • Ms. Nikita Mahakal

    Head Nutritionist

  • Shiulee Baijal

    Head - Major Gifts (Head of Fundraising)

  • Ms. Tanvi Chopra

    Chief Financial & Operations Officer

Demographics & Structure

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  • Diversity Metrics

    83% women


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Awards & Recognitions

1. National Award for Child Welfare (Presidential Award) (2015-16)
2. UNGC and Akshaya Patra Foundation’s Nourisher Award (2018)
3. ICICI Advantage Women’s Award (2018)
4. Outlook India Poshan Award (Special Jury) (2019)
5. Panna Dhai Award from the Maharana Mewar Foundation (2020)
6. Glenmark Nutrition Awards 2023 - Urban Category (2023)
(The awards recognize non-profit organizations (NGOs) and other organizations (social enterprises, collectives, community groups, individuals, etc.), who have undertaken exceptional efforts through their health initiatives or programs to reduce malnutrition in society.)

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  • 12A


  • 80G


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