Brinda Penmetsa

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Brinda Penmetsa grew up in Katy, Texas and is currently pursuing a degree in Finance, with a minor in Policy and Ethics in the Honors College at the University of Houston.  At UH, she is involved in Student Government, and the Bonner Leaders Program. Through Bonner, a four year commitment, Brinda performs 10 hours of community service per week. Bonner brought about her awareness of the importance of social entrepreneurship through education and nutrition initiatives. She noticed the vast number of fast food restaurants and lack of grocery stores in the neighboring Historic Third Ward Community, and saw how malnutrition and the lack of access to healthy food was impacting citizens. Seeing this and the potential of wasted food at the on campus dining halls, she gathered the support of other Bonners and formed Campus Kitchen at the University of Houston. The program will feature student powered meal recovery and redistribution, as well as nutrition education workshops for students and community members. Brinda is excited to see the positive impact Campus Kitchen at the University of Houston will make on the lives of her fellow Houstonians. She firmly believes in the importance of civic engagement for undergraduate students, and wishes to help others develop their ideas for social change.