Help feed hungry & unemployed workers on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Update posted by Ole Norheim On Jul 27, 2020

Happy Food was lovingly hatched 1st April 2020 with a simple intention: To provide basic food-security on Koh Phangan during Covid.

We gave ourselves the challenging goal of doing that for three months. We’ve ended up raising enough to provide basic food-security for 6 months - all thanks to your ongoing donations, support, and volunteer efforts.

After 4 months of intense activity, we're now moving into Happy Food’s next phase. We have been allowed to operate with the kind support of local authorities and partners in response to the critical situation. In respect of local politics and culture, it's now time for Happy Food to end our fundraising and pass the rice the remaining funds will provide along to local Thai and Myanmar leaders for them to distribute to the people in need. This was the long-term goal of the project: for it to transition to being run by locals.

We’ve faced wonderful challenges in fundraising, logistics, cultural differences, scaling to over 100 volunteers, language barriers, and many more. It’s been an amazing and inspiring movement to be a part of and it's been a great source of motivation to see this island rally around Happy Food and work together to support all people in our community.

Over the past few months, we received donations via Gogetfunding and TransferWise, cash donations by hand from families, friends, and people on the island, through donation boxes in more than 50 Koh Phangan restaurants as well as beautiful fundraising events and direct donations of food and non-food items.

With these kind donations, Happy Food has already distributed 55,000 kilos of rice, tens of thousands of eggs and canned sardines, tons of vegetables, thousands liters of cooking oil, toys, mosquito nets, menstrual pads and thousands of cooked meals.

In the coming weeks, we will provide an additional 50.000 kg of rice. In total, we will reach more than 500.000 meals distributed. I will continue to post photos of receipts and rice being distributed as it happens.

We have built very close cooperation with the Burmese and Thai community leaders on Koh Phangan and I would love to facilitate contact between them and anyone who wants to continue supporting the migrant workers directly with food or other items on the island.

I give a humongous thank you and a big hug to every single person who has contributed to this wonderful project.

My biggest lesson is that when we come together as a community, we can do impossible and wonderful things.

Happy Food is living proof of that and our intention is to continue to offer our support on Koh Phangan in any way we can.

May all beings be fed, may all beings be safe, may all beings be Happy:)



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Update posted by Ole Norheim On Jul 27, 2020

Happy Food was lovingly hatched 1st April 2020 with a simple intention: To provide basic food-security on Koh Phangan during Covid.

We gave ourselves the challenging goal of doing that for three months. We’ve ended up raising enough to provide basic food-security for 6 months - all thanks to your ongoing donations, support, and volunteer efforts.

After 4 months of intense activity, we're now moving into Happy Food’s next phase. We have been allowed to operate with the kind support of local authorities and partners in response to the critical situation. In respect of local politics and culture, it's now time for Happy Food to end our fundraising and pass the rice the remaining funds will provide along to local Thai and Myanmar leaders for them to distribute to the people in need. This was the long-term goal of the project: for it to transition to being run by locals.

We’ve faced wonderful challenges in fundraising, logistics, cultural differences, scaling to over 100 volunteers, language barriers, and many more. It’s been an amazing and inspiring movement to be a part of and it's been a great source of motivation to see this island rally around Happy Food and work together to support all people in our community.

Over the past few months, we received donations via Gogetfunding and TransferWise, cash donations by hand from families, friends, and people on the island, through donation boxes in more than 50 Koh Phangan restaurants as well as beautiful fundraising events and direct donations of food and non-food items.

With these kind donations, Happy Food has already distributed 55,000 kilos of rice, tens of thousands of eggs and canned sardines, tons of vegetables, thousands liters of cooking oil, toys, mosquito nets, menstrual pads and thousands of cooked meals.

In the coming weeks, we will provide an additional 50.000 kg of rice. In total, we will reach more than 500.000 meals distributed. I will continue to post photos of receipts and rice being distributed as it happens.

We have built very close cooperation with the Burmese and Thai community leaders on Koh Phangan and I would love to facilitate contact between them and anyone who wants to continue supporting the migrant workers directly with food or other items on the island.

I give a humongous thank you and a big hug to every single person who has contributed to this wonderful project.

My biggest lesson is that when we come together as a community, we can do impossible and wonderful things.

Happy Food is living proof of that and our intention is to continue to offer our support on Koh Phangan in any way we can.

May all beings be fed, may all beings be safe, may all beings be Happy:)



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Update posted by Ole Norheim On Jul 27, 2020

Happy Food was lovingly hatched 1st April 2020 with a simple intention: To provide basic food-security on Koh Phangan during Covid.

We gave ourselves the challenging goal of doing that for three months. We’ve ended up raising enough to provide basic food-security for 6 months - all thanks to your ongoing donations, support, and volunteer efforts.

After 4 months of intense activity, we're now moving into Happy Food’s next phase. We have been allowed to operate with the kind support of local authorities and partners in response to the critical situation. In respect of local politics and culture, it's now time for Happy Food to end our fundraising and pass the rice the remaining funds will provide along to local Thai and Myanmar leaders for them to distribute to the people in need. This was the long-term goal of the project: for it to transition to being run by locals.

We’ve faced wonderful challenges in fundraising, logistics, cultural differences, scaling to over 100 volunteers, language barriers, and many more. It’s been an amazing and inspiring movement to be a part of and it's been a great source of motivation to see this island rally around Happy Food and work together to support all people in our community.

Over the past few months, we received donations via Gogetfunding and TransferWise, cash donations by hand from families, friends, and people on the island, through donation boxes in more than 50 Koh Phangan restaurants as well as beautiful fundraising events and direct donations of food and non-food items.

With these kind donations, Happy Food has already distributed 55,000 kilos of rice, tens of thousands of eggs and canned sardines, tons of vegetables, thousands liters of cooking oil, toys, mosquito nets, menstrual pads and thousands of cooked meals.

In the coming weeks, we will provide an additional 50.000 kg of rice. In total, we will reach more than 500.000 meals distributed. I will continue to post photos of receipts and rice being distributed as it happens.

We have built very close cooperation with the Burmese and Thai community leaders on Koh Phangan and I would love to facilitate contact between them and anyone who wants to continue supporting the migrant workers directly with food or other items on the island.

I give a humongous thank you and a big hug to every single person who has contributed to this wonderful project.

My biggest lesson is that when we come together as a community, we can do impossible and wonderful things.

Happy Food is living proof of that and our intention is to continue to offer our support on Koh Phangan in any way we can.

May all beings be fed, may all beings be safe, may all beings be Happy:)



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Update posted by Ole Norheim On Jul 27, 2020

Happy Food was lovingly hatched 1st April 2020 with a simple intention: To provide basic food-security on Koh Phangan during Covid.

We gave ourselves the challenging goal of doing that for three months. We’ve ended up raising enough to provide basic food-security for 6 months - all thanks to your ongoing donations, support, and volunteer efforts.

After 4 months of intense activity, we're now moving into Happy Food’s next phase. We have been allowed to operate with the kind support of local authorities and partners in response to the critical situation. In respect of local politics and culture, it's now time for Happy Food to end our fundraising and pass the rice the remaining funds will provide along to local Thai and Myanmar leaders for them to distribute to the people in need. This was the long-term goal of the project: for it to transition to being run by locals.

We’ve faced wonderful challenges in fundraising, logistics, cultural differences, scaling to over 100 volunteers, language barriers, and many more. It’s been an amazing and inspiring movement to be a part of and it's been a great source of motivation to see this island rally around Happy Food and work together to support all people in our community.

Over the past few months, we received donations via Gogetfunding and TransferWise, cash donations by hand from families, friends, and people on the island, through donation boxes in more than 50 Koh Phangan restaurants as well as beautiful fundraising events and direct donations of food and non-food items.

With these kind donations, Happy Food has already distributed 55,000 kilos of rice, tens of thousands of eggs and canned sardines, tons of vegetables, thousands liters of cooking oil, toys, mosquito nets, menstrual pads and thousands of cooked meals.

In the coming weeks, we will provide an additional 50.000 kg of rice. In total, we will reach more than 500.000 meals distributed. I will continue to post photos of receipts and rice being distributed as it happens.

We have built very close cooperation with the Burmese and Thai community leaders on Koh Phangan and I would love to facilitate contact between them and anyone who wants to continue supporting the migrant workers directly with food or other items on the island.

I give a humongous thank you and a big hug to every single person who has contributed to this wonderful project.

My biggest lesson is that when we come together as a community, we can do impossible and wonderful things.

Happy Food is living proof of that and our intention is to continue to offer our support on Koh Phangan in any way we can.

May all beings be fed, may all beings be safe, may all beings be Happy:)



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Update posted by Sean Kelly On Jul 12, 2020

At Happy Food we've been working closely with a group of Myanmar leaders to help distribute food.

They've been an absolutely crucial part of making this all happen. They're also volunteering, and some have to work full-time jobs on top.

Despite that, their heart is with their community. Helping. And our heart is with them.

I'd like you to meet Jonat, who is responsible for helping distribute to people from Sri Thanu to Chaloklum.

An indispensable part of the team.

Him and others have helped us identify the most vulnerable in the community, so we can provide more full help.

Pregnant mothers, single mothers with small children, disabled, and the elderly.

🙏🙏🙏


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Update posted by Sean Kelly On Jun 23, 2020

Yesterday's rice distribution:

1. 493 wonderful people in Haad Rin

2. 284 wonderful people in Thong Sala

3. 274 wonderful people in Thong Nai Pan

4. 329 wonderful people at Wat Samai Kongka

After 2 months of fulfilling Phase 1 of Happy Food, we're moving into Phase 2 starting today 🙂

We're going to be shifting how our distribution works, the depth of our help to people, etc.

I'll fill you all in on the details in my post tomorrow....stay tuned 🌝

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Update posted by Sean Kelly On Jun 11, 2020



🍚 Happy Food Transparency 🍚

This is a receipt for our last order of 15,000 kilos of rice that came in on June 5th. It cost 300,000 baht + 10,000 baht to deliver.

Wanted to share it with you all so you know where your donations are going.

If you want further verification, you could also go to one of our distribution points if you want to see the 100s of people lining up with your own eyes.

As we've grown, it's taken more and more baht to sustain what we're doing.

Feeding close to 2,000 people and running through over 150,000 baht/week.

In the last few weeks our donations haven't matched up with how much we're spending, which means we'll have to make some changes going forward so we don't crash and burn.

But it's been beautiful to see all the creative ways people are donating, running little mini fundraisers, the way restaurants and businesses on KPG have joined in.

A big 🙏🙏 to everyone who's been working their butt off to make this a reality and to everyone who has donated to provide rice for those in need.

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Update posted by Sean Kelly On Jun 03, 2020


1. Haad Rin: 445 people

2. Wat Samai Kongka: 370 people

3. Thong Nai Pan: 334 people

4. Thong Sala: 313 people

Lots of rice being distributed all over which is amazing!

But unfortunately the donations are starting to dry up.

We know it takes a lot to continue to support projects like this over the long term.

But that's what it takes.

And we're here for the long-term to make sure no one on this island goes hungry.

Please help us keep the rice flowing with a donation.

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Update posted by Sean Kelly On May 25, 2020


About 1,500 people came to the various distribution points today (including this adorable one in the photo):

1. 472 guests served at Wat Samai Kongka. 1300kg of rice.

2. 409 guests served at Haad Rin. 1520kg of rice.

3. 341 guests served at Thong Nai Phang. 960kg of rice.

4. 270 guests served in Thong Sala, in partnership with JJ from The Canteen.

Amazing work by all the volunteers and logistics team.

The expansion out into Haad Rin was not easy, and this week they'll work out how to improve it.

This island has one uniting intention...

No one will go hungry.

May it be so.

🙏🙏🙏

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Update posted by Sean Kelly On May 24, 2020

🍚 Happy Food Update: 150,000 Meals Delivered 🍚

At Happy Food we just crossed a wonderful milestone...

150,000 meals have been passed out since we started 🥳

50,000 full meals and 100,000 rice meals.

A huge team of volunteers, donors, and wonderful people in my local community have all come together to make this happen.

1,800 people are living off this food right now and otherwise would be starving.

It's been a beautiful display of care shown by everyone involved.

If you'd like to help keep the rice flowing, you can do so here.

May no one go hungry.

🙏🙏🙏


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