Project Thrive Food & Fundraising Drive, April 1-7th, 2021!

Purpose:  To raise critical funding and specific nonperishable food donations for individuals and families in need in the Sammamish & Eastside community during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Funding raised will help provide Project Thrive services such as clinical nutrition services, public health education, emergency nutrition/crisis kits, crisis relief, and yoga services at no or low cost along with helping to pay for the nonprofit operating expenses for second quarter of 2021.


1. Please look at the list of specific nonperishable items needed for this food drive above in the first image.  They are food items that are likely organic, low sugar, low saturated fat, low sodium, gluten free, dairy free, and less processed so that it is more whole food oriented to help the brain and body function best in crisis.  They are used in creating the Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits.  If you would like to donate these nonperishable and crisis items or you have items that are not on the list to donate, reach out to Jennifer Coomes (Executive Director) at to discuss and arrange a pick up/drop off time if you live in Sammamish or on the Eastside.    Masks and required PPE will be worn for any pick up or drop off to support public health guidance for reducing the spread of COVID-19.  You can also reach out at 425.505.3090 or reach out here.


2.  If you would like to make a secure tax deductible donation to Project Thrive and you do NOT work for Microsoft, you can make your donation through DonorBox HERE.

3. If you do work for Microsoft, Project Thrive is now part of your Employee Matching Giving Program through Benevity.   You can go into your portal and make a one time or recurring secure tax deductible donation to Essence Health and Research Foundation (Project Thrive) through Benevity as an employee.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Coomes at

Thank you for participating in this critical fundraising and food drive for Project Thrive!  It helps Project Thrive provide these important services and without your help, these services could not reach those in need.  Your support in 2020 helped to provide Emergency Nutrition/Crisis Kits to families in need in the Sammamish area as well as helped out the Swedish ER staff in Issaquah, other first responders, and a women's shelter for those homeless and their children.   In 2021, the positive impact is planned to go much larger and these donations are the foundation.  Thank you so much for your support!

I hope we connect during the Fundraising and Food drive for Project Thrive!


Jennifer Coomes, CN, MSCRM, MS, MS, BA, E-RYT
Executive Director, Project Thrive


©2012-2021 by Essence Health and Research / Project Thrive.

Please ask permission to use any original material from this website at

Original photography (opening lotus photo) by Jennifer Coomes

Photography of Jennifer Coomes by Yuen Lui.

Website created with, personalized by Jennifer Coomes