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Our History | Nourish International

Founded in 2003, Nourish International continues to grow – today we have 60 campus chapters and over 800 students 

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Timeline of Nourish International

2003 – First Hunger Lunch

Sindhura Citineni and a group of students founded Hunger Lunch at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Students sold rice, beans and cornbread on a weekly basis and used their profits to fund Nourish International’s first project: a nutrition initiative in Hyderabad, India.

 2005-06 – Funding and Incorporating

In 2005, the Hunger Lunch Team placed second in the Carolina Challenge, a business plan competition at UNC-CH. They decided that they wanted to take Hunger Lunch to other schools and change the name to Nourish International.

Nourish International incorporated in 2006 as a 501(c)3 non-profit and expansion begins – the first additional campuses include Duke, N.C. State and University of Michigan.

2008-13 – Spreading Awareness and Expanding

The network of Nourish Chapters extended to twenty campuses in 2008 after the inaugural Summer Institute training conference held in Chapel Hill, NC. Nourish is recognized for its contributions with the N.C. Peace Prize for promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding while upholding the “helping others to help themselves” ideology of the Peace Corps.

In 2010, our accomplishments were also recognized by the UN, Huffington Post and TEDxRaleigh.

In 2012, the network expands to 29 campuses. Then to 45 campuses in 2013. Students continue to bridge the distance between communities and resources.

2014 – Socially Responsible Travel Insurance

In 2014, Nourish International offered discounted travel insurance policies to students and young adults traveling abroad. All profits from the travel insurance go to funding our mission.

The network also expands to 60 campuses including five High School Chapters and our first Chapter in Canada. Our work is recognized by the Millennium Campus Network.

 Moving Forward

We continue to strive for our goals in expanding to more campuses, raising more awareness of extreme poverty, and enabling students through projects and ventures to help make a lasting impact. We are always looking for sponsorship with corporations or getting individuals involved.