Cuddles Foundation

Provides food and nutrition to underprivileged children suffering from cancer

  • Started: 2013
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra


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.


  • Food & Nutrition
  • Health
  • Research

Sub Sectors

  • Health & Family Welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Vocational Training
  • Blood

Demographies Served

  • Children


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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Research

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

  • Foodheals® Program

    Tamil Nadu

    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

Leadership Team

  • Ms. Shiulee Baijal

    Head - Major Gifts (Head of Fundraising)

  • Purnota Dutta Bahl

    Trustee, Founder & CEO

  • Ms. Anju Morarka

    Head of Research, Knowledge Management and Impact

  • Ms. Tanvi Chopra

    Chief Financial & Operations Officer

  • Ms. Nikita Mahakal

    Head Nutritionist


Registration Details

  • PAN Card


  • Registration ID


  • VO ID / Darpan ID


  • 12A


  • 80G


  • FCRA


  • CSR Registration Number



Project Location


407, 4th Floor, Konark Shram, 156, Tardeo Rd, Tardeo

Offices in Cities

Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai

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