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

We think our interns are kind of a FIG deal! 🌟

Intern with us!
🍎Brighter Bites offers unpaid internships to students and non-students interested in public health, nutrition, nonprofit work, and more! We invite you to join our program staff in the field or work behind the scenes building our brand and developing relationships. Our interns are exposed to all components of Brighter Bites to gain a well-rounded understanding of how a public health community nutrition nonprofit operates.

Interested in applying for an internship opportunity? Check out our website for more information! https://www.brighterbites.org/intern-with-us/

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Happy National Garlic Day! 🧄

Did you know that garlic contains a compound called allium that has health benefits such for the cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory, digestive, and detoxification systems in the body? So many reasons to enjoy this veggie!

Our Poblano Salsa is one of our favorite recipes featuring garlic! 😃 See the recipe on our website along with more recipes featuring garlic ➡️
https://brighterbites.org/recipe/poblano-salsa/

#NationalGarlicDay #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #VegetarianRecipe #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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Happy Day of the Mushroom! 🍄

Today we share our delicious Turkey Mushroom Burgers, perfect to try this weekend! 🍄🍔Adding mushrooms to the ground turkey adds a ton of flavor and nutrition....and the best part is that your kids will never know you snuck in a veggie! Make dinner fun and let each family member pick a topping! Our favorite toppings are tomatoes, shredded lettuce, grilled onions, and avocado!

Find this recipe along with other delicious recipes on our website ➡️https://brighterbites.org/recipe/turkey-mushroom-burgers/

#DayOfTheMushroom #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesInvolved
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🍌Going BANANAS for #NationalBananaDay!🍌

We've got a PEELING that you'll like our Banana Ice Cream recipe! 😋
Get the whole family involved and have everyone pick their toppings! Here is the recipe➡️

INGREDIENTS:
10 very ripe bananas
½ cup low-fat milk
¼ cup honey
½ tsp vanilla extract
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:
Peel bananas and freeze overnight in a freezer bag. Remove the bananas from the freezer and blend in blender or food processor until smooth. Slowly add the remaining ingredients and blend until the bananas have a “frozen yogurt” consistency. (If you have an ice cream maker, pour mixture into maker and churn until there is an “ice cream” texture.) Serve immediately or store in the freezer for up to one week.

#NationalBananaDay #BananaIcecream #Fruit #EatHealthy #HealthyDessert
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Eat well & keep moving! 🥗🚴‍♀️
While eating lots of fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, being physically active is important too!👍
@who recommends that all healthy adults do 30 minutes/day of physical activity, and children should be physically active for 1 hour/day.

Here are some fun ideas to move around:
👟Have a friendly competition of jumping rope.
💃Have a dance party to your favorite music. 🕺
🚶‍♂️Play backyard games like tag or frisbee. 🚶‍♀️

#WellnessWednesday #HealthyAtHome #BeActive #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #CATCH
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Brighter Bites is creating demand for fresh produce🍐🍍🍅🥕🍑

Each week of programming, Brighter Bites sends home ~50 servings of fruits and veggies to the families we serve. We could not do this without the produce industry’s expertise, logistical know-how, and fresh product!

Have the produce expertise and want to be a part of our mission? We'd love to see how we can partner!➡️ https://brighterbites.org/produce-partners/

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Meet THREE amazing volunteers who have made an impact in the Austin community by volunteering with Brighter Bites!🤩

🥦 Judith has been volunteering with Brighter Bites since January 2021. She volunteers at 2 of our Austin school communities, she discovered us through Austin Acts of Kindness. Judith's favorite part of participating with Brighter Bites is seeing the smiling faces when she helps load cars with boxes of fresh produce.🍊

🍍 Rogelio has been volunteering with Brighter Bites for the past 8 weeks! He loves the feeling of being helpful through volunteering for Brighter Bites. His favorite fruits are pineapples and avocados. 🥑

🥭 Julie has been volunteering with Brighter Bites since Summer 2020. She helps us by making it easier to transport our fruits and vegetables for our walking families by putting their produce in bags. Her favorite part about volunteering with Brighter Bites is being able to interact with families during distribution. 😄

We are so grateful for these volunteers and more! Thank you for all that you do!

@brighterbitesaustin
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I don't know about you, but I love fruits and vegetables from my head TO-MA-TOES🍅!

This #NationalFreshTomatoDay, we are sharing our Black Bean & Corn Salsa. It's a salsa the whole family will enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
1 (15oz) can corn (no salt added)
1 (15oz) can black beans (no salt added)
6 Tomatoes 🍅
1 Bunch cilantro
4 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
2 Avocados

DIRECTIONS:
Drain corn and black beans and place in a bowl. Chop tomatoes and cilantro, then add to the beans and corn. Add lime juice, salt, and olive oil and mix. Lastly, cube and add avocados. Enjoy!

Download the recipe on our website ➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/black-bean-corn-salsa/

#NationalFreshTomatoDay #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #VegetarianRecipe #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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Got what it takes to be a Brighter Bites volunteer?

We have ✌️two ways that you can get involved!
Interested in getting your hands dirty and packing our boxes full of produce? Join us for a Produce Boxing! 📦🌽🥔🍋

Interested in helping us distribute produce boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables to our families? Help us at a Produce Distribution! 🚗🚶‍♀️🥦

Visit our website to find the right volunteer shift for YOU!➡️ https://brighterbites.org/volunteer/

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Brighter Bites is creating communities of health through fresh food, and you can be a part of it! 🥦🍉🍊🥑🌽🍎

Looking to learn more, support our work, AND get cooking? Join us for our upcoming event!
It's a virtual, family-friendly culinary experience with Marcia Smart of @SmartintheKitchen and hosted by Brighter Bites’ Founder Lisa Helfman, Board Member Scott McClelland, and Houston Life Co-Host Courtney Zavala

What's on the menu? 😋
Strawberry Mojito (cocktail)
Spring Pea and Leek Tartine
Mixed Greens with Homemade Salad Dressing
Rigatoni Kale Pasta
Chocolate and Berry Board

This hands-on, stay-at-home event will benefit Brighter Bites’ critical work of providing fresh produce and nutrition education to nearly 30,000 families nationwide. There are a few ticket levels 🎟, so please visit our website and see how you'd like to join in on the fun! ➡️
www.brighterbites.org/smartinthekitchen

We can't wait to spend the evening with you! 🎉
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Who says healthy eating can't be fun? 🍊
Here at Brighter Bites, we believe that healthy eating should be fun! Our DC team is taking our distributions to whole new level of healthy and fun engagement. Here is a peek at some of the healthy characters that are popping up at our DC distributions!...Now that is what we call fun AND healthy!! 😄

🥒Our #TuesdayTip today is make healthy food fun! Kids eat with their eyes first, so make the plate colorful and fun, and don't be afraid to play with your food! The more engaged kids are with healthy foods, the more likely they are to try new things. 🥗

@BrighterBitesDC
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