School in Bato, Leyte among the beneficiaries

TACLOBAN CITY – At least 12 premier Manila restaurants are in partnership with the non-government organization Thrive by donating a portion of their proceeds to feed schoolchildren.

Founded in 2012, Thrive’s mission is to deliver healthy food to hungry children in the poorest areas of the world and partners with schools to provide more than 12,000 meals to schoolchildren each week in Bangladesh and the Philippines to improve nutrition, boost school attendance, and increase readiness to learn.

The organization is currently feeding more than 400 Filipino children each school day in four schools which include Dawahon Integrated School in Bato, Leyte.

Thrive started their feeding program at Dawahon Integrated School in 2022 focusing on 220 elementary students who are malnourished and undernourished.

Janelle Carlos, Thrive-Philippines Operations Manager said that each of the 12 restaurants selected their specialty dish and contributes 10% of all their sales for this month to their group as part of commemorating the World Hunger Day to be observed on May 28.

The proceeds will be used as donations to feed Filipino schoolchildren.

“It is truly heartening to see many of the top restaurants in the city join together to raise awareness of hunger, and to help feed children in need,” said Monica De Ocampo Casperino, president of Thrive-Philippines.

“We have more than 5,000 children at 20 schools on our waitlist, and through efforts like