Our Process

Eight steps to Brighter Bites.

Step 1

Engage
Communities

Step 2

Select the
Week’s Variety

Step 3

Load Up!

Step 4

Bag the
Produce

Step 5

Teach
Brighter Choices

Step 6

Sample
& Share

Step 7

Take Home
the Fun

Step 8

Replicate

Engage

Select

Load

Bag

Teach

Sample

Take

Replicate

Step One

Engage
Communities

It all starts with the right relationships. We engage schools, communities, and partners and introduce them to our Brighter Bites model: produce distribution + nutrition education + a fun food experience.

From local farmers to leading university researchers, teachers to three-generation families, it takes teamwork to build a culture of health. Brighter Bites was built to scale, and we make it as easy as possible for communities. To see the cities we serve, click here.

We have replicated our proven formula across the country

HEALTHY CHANGE: LOCALLY SOWN, NATIONALLY GROWN

Step Two

Select the
Week’s Variety

Our produce suppliers donate fresh fruits and vegetables to our partnering food banks. Each week, our staff chooses 8 to 12 different types of produce from the huge warehouse coolers, and the food is specially tagged for Brighter Bites.

Working closely with leaders like Sysco not only helps us ensure that a wide variety of fruits and vegetables are available for Brighter Bites, but also that the food meets stringent standards of safety, quality, and traceable tastiness—no matter its shape or size!

WE CHOOSE OUR PRODUCE AS CAREFULLY AS WE CHOOSE OUR PARTNERS

WE EMBRACE THE UNFAMILIAR, FROM SWISS CHARD TO STARFRUIT

Step Three

Load Up!

Massive pallets teeming with bags and cases of fresh produce for Brighter Bites are loaded by warehouse staff into a large box truck. It is hard work: each truckload can feed hundreds of families. Interested in becoming a produce partner? Visit our Produce Partners page.

Each pallet carries 1500 lbs of fresh produce

The truck can hold 8-10 pallets (enough to feed 400 families!)

Step Four

Bag the
Produce

Once the truck arrives at the site, it is typically unloaded into a gym or cafeteria. Unified in our bright red t-shirts, Brighter Bites staff, parents, and community volunteers work as an assembly line to unpack and divide the variety of produce into bags. Hungry to help? Sign up to volunteer here.

Each family and teacher receives two bags of fresh fruits and vegetables. Staples like potatoes, onions, carrots, and apples are typically included—along with unique seasonal picks that give families the chance to take home top crops like kale, kiwi, beets, plums, or rutabaga.

TWO BAGS OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PER FAMILY

200-800 BAGS WILL BE LINED UP ONCE THE PROCESS IS COMPLETE

Step Five

Teach
Brighter Choices

Also added into the bags are nutrition handbooks, tip sheets, and recipes that incorporate that week’s fresh produce. These bilingual materials are chock full of helpful info and advice, from kitchen safety to smarter snacking to making a healthier menu. Download our mobile app here for our full library.

All educational materials are linked to children’s in-class nutrition lessons from CATCH and other evidence-based, coordinated school health programs that we help implement via our specially-trained staff.

Nearly 100 bilingual recipes exist in our database

We provide evidence-based nutrition education curriculum for our schools

Step Six

Sample
& Share

Let the fun food experience begin! Our team prepares healthy, tasty “brighter bites” for families to sample, using one or more of the produce items being shared that week.

Kids and their families taste new dips, soups, snacks, main dishes, and more. We provide that recipe and more tips and tools to our families through the app. Download our mobile app here for our full library.

OUR SIGNATURE SAMPLES ARE CONCOCTED BY IN-HOUSE NUTRITIONISTS

FROM APPLES TO ZUCCHINI, WE CAN HELP YOU WITH ALL OF THE A-Z'S OF ENJOYING PRODUCE

Step Seven

Take Home
the Fun

When all is said and done, each family and teacher walks away with a pair of bags that contain approximately 50 servings of fresh, seasonal produce, plus tips and tools for how to use it.

For one week for a family of four, that’s two extra servings of fruits and vegetables a day—at no extra cost to our participating families.

Light fare, heavy load: one set of bags = 20-25 lbs

2 extra servings of fruits & vegetables a day

At no extra cost

Step Eight

Replicate

This process repeats for 16 weeks during the school year and 8 weeks during the summer. Our scalable co-op model allows us to bring Brighter Bites to more schools and camps each season, creating a culture of health wherever we go. Interested in bringing Brighter Bites to your community? Visit our Partner page

REPLICATED DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMERS

WE'VE PASSED OUT MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF PRODUCE TO THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES

Fact Time! 💡
Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? Now that is refreshing AND tasty! 🍉

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❤️ Soaking in this last bit of summer! 🌞🍉🍍🍅🌽🍑

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It's #NationalSandwichMonth, and we've got the perfect spread for your sandwich! We call it the Put-it-on-Anything Pesto because you can put it on anything! From turkey to chicken to veggie sandwiches and more, spread a little pesto on your sandwich, and we promise you'll thank us later!

See the full recipe here: https://brighterbites.org/recipe/put-it-on-anything-pesto/

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Here's to wishing you AVO great day! 🥑🎉😉

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Jonathan and his mom are loving the colorful Brighter Bites boxes in Austin this week! 🍍📦❤️

@BrighterBitesAustin
#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesAustin #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #FunFoodExperience
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Brighter Bites is honored to be among other leading nonprofits to be named a "Harkin on Wellness Designee" by the Harkin Institute!

"It is the goal of the Harkin on Wellness Report, to highlight top wellness and nutrition initiatives that are examples of organizations making the larger impact through effective policy, system, and environmental change. We encourage others to use this as a tool
to build partnerships and create sustainable, cross-sector coalitions within their own community and beyond."

See our feature on page 11-12: https://harkininstitute.drake.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/103/2021/03/HOWReport2021_Final_v1.pdf
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It takes two to mango or tango? 🥭💃🕺
Either way, we think you need to try our Mango Tango Salsa! It is sure to please a crowd! Serve it as an appetizer with chips, a side for a sandwich, or a topping on tacos.
https://brighterbites.org/recipe/mango-tango-salsa/

#MangoDay #Mango #MangoSalsa #HealthyRecipe
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Brighter Choices. Brighter Outlooks. Brighter Bites! 🍎

Through the support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas we've brought more than just produce to our families (219,342 pounds so far this summer!)- we've brought big smiles and lots of tools to create healthy behaviors for life!

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#HealthyKidsHealthyFamilies #BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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We are crazy about spinach! 🌱From pesto to smoothies to muffins and more, this versatile vegetable adds so much color and nutrition to so many recipes. We think spinach is so good, you can add spinach to breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND even dessert! Try it and let us know what you think! 🤔
We've got spinach tips, how to guides, recipes, and more! Visit our website for all the tips! 💚 www.brighterbites.org

#NationalFreshSpinachDay #Spinach #BrighterBites #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #HealthyRecipe #FreshProduce #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #FundFoodExperience
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Hard to say no to this classic dish when you know that it is both tasty and healthy!!
Can anyone guess what veggies we snuck into this delicious dish?!
Happy National Mac and Cheese Day! 🥳
🧀Recipe: https://brighterbites.org/recipe/crafty-mac-n-cheese/

#NationalMacAndCheeseDay #BrighterBites #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #HealthyRecipe #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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