Mourning the Loss of Our Dear Colleague Supriya

January 12, 2018

It is with immense sadness that we share that Supriya Banavalikar, a staff member who has been at the heart of The Hunger Project for more than 25 years, passed away on January 10, 2018.

Supriya began volunteering with The Hunger Project in her home country of India at just 14 years of age, when her aunt Lalita served as Country Director there. Supriya dedicated her life to The Hunger Project, spending an extensive amount of time traveling to almost every country where The Hunger Project has its programs and inspiring individuals worldwide to invest powerfully in bringing about change in our world. Among the many accountabilities she held, Supriya worked closely with Founding President Joan Holmes, our South Asia programs, spearheaded initiatives like Women in Philanthropy and our annual Fall Event, and most recently served as the Senior Director of U.S. Fundraising.

Supriya was unwavering in her commitment to include and presence the women, men and youth who are transforming their lives from subjugated and marginalized to empowered and mobilized leaders in their communities and countries. That commitment shone through every action Supriya took day-in and day-out as a tireless leader for the end of hunger.

Our hearts are with Supriya’s family and friends worldwide as we together grieve the loss of such an extraordinary individual, who has made a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide. We will soon share more about Supriya’s legacy in our work and our world as well as plans for a memorial service. In the meantime, if you have any messages of support to share, you may send them care of messages@thp-transfer.flywheelsites.com.

In gratitude for your partnership with all of us during this difficult time,

Suzanne Mayo Frindt
President & CEO

Photo: Supriya (top right) in Ghana in August 2015.


Our team in India put together this photo essay in honor of Supriya.