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

Give Tuesday is tomorrow! It's not too late to join our give to help overcome the lack of access children have to healthy fruits and vegetables and nutrition education. All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

#GivingTuesday #BrighterBites
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Give the gift of health this Giving Tuesday! 🎁🥦🥕🍇🥒🍓

From now through November 30, donate to join our mission of creating healthier lives for kids and their families across the country! Your donation makes direct impact- it provides families with direct access to fresh fruits & veggies, nutrition education, and healthy tips & tools!

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family! 🌽🥔🥕🍎

We are THANKFUL for all of our Brighter Bites families, partners, educators, supporters, friends, and staff for being a part of our community of health through fresh food! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday weekend!

#HappyThanksgiving #Thanksgiving2021 #BrighterBites
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Giving Tuesday is just a little over a week away! Won't you join us in our mission of creating healthier communities? Make this school year the best one yet, and donate today!

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brighterbites

#BrighterBites #GivingTuesday
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FriYAY vibes in Washington, D.C.! 🎉
Our @BrighterBitesDC program could not be more excited to serve our 12 schools across Prince George's County!
Join the fun and volunteer today! https://brighterbites.org/volunteer/

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We ❤️ our volunteers!

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We believe that the better we nourish, the brighter we flourish, and with produce like this we get to watch our families flourish every day!

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Thank you to all of our generous supporters and donors for your contributions to our back-to-school campaign "Brighter Bites Start with Brighter Minds"!
Since we launched the campaign in September, we were able to raise $17,877, with an additional $20,500 from matching donations! All of the money raised goes directly to providing our families with access to fresh fruits and veggies, nutrition education, and healthy tips & tools to jumpstart a lifetime of healthy habits! Now that is something to get excited about!

Interested in continuing to support our mission? Our campaign is still open! Give today through Giving Tuesday, November 30 to help us reach our $50,000 goal!
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brighterbites

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Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, and these volunteers create a fun and welcoming environment! 🍍🍍🍍🎉
Thank you to our volunteers and staff at Govalle Elementary in Austin, Texas for your fun energy, hard work, and hospitality skills!

@BrighterBitesAustin
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Thank you #bluecrossblueshieldtexas for your support! 🙌 This year, we have served over 11,575 families across 90 schools this year so far in Texas! Over 841,000 pounds of produce distributed and counting!

@BrighterBitesHouston @BrighterBitesDallas @BrighterBitesAustin
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The families we serve are the apple of our eyes! 🍎🍎🍎

We love seeing the lives of so many families impacted by the simple pleasure of fresh fruits and veggies! These sweet smiles say it all!

@BrighterBitesHOU
#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesHouston #FreshProduce #NutritionEducation #Fruits #Vegetables
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💛 We love the bright pop of yellow these squashed bring to our bags! Thank you @keepaustinfed @urbanrootsatx for your generous donation to our Brighter Bites families!

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It's #CookSomethingBoldDay, and we think that means playing with fruit and veggies in the kitchen in new and creative ways! We love trying new things, and we would love to hear how you get bold in the kitchen too! 🥕🍆🥔🥦🍅
Comment below with your favorite recipe!⬇️

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Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! We hope you enjoy these five days of celebration with Diwali - The Festival of Lights!
Happy Celebrating!

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