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

It's Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we'd say that calls for a party! 🎉🎤💃🕺

What vegetable makes you want to turn up the BEET!? 🥦🥒🌽🍆🍅

🎨cred: Ms. Davila's 3rd Grade class at Kruse Elementary in Houston, Texas

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Trying to encourage your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Here's our favorite PEACH of advice!🍑
Have your kids get hands on in the cooking! Not only are you helping build their confidence and self-esteem, you are also encouraging interest in trying new foods. When kids help out in the kitchen, they have a better sense of where their food comes from and are proud of what they create.
The best part is get both quality time and a delicious meal! 🍽

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Brighter Bites is rooted in the belief that if we give our kids something better to munch on, they will. And the lives they lead will be as vibrant as the foods they crave.🍍🍎🌽🥕

Brighter Bites has been creating communities of health through fresh food since 2012. Join us in our mission today! ❤️🤝
Volunteer, Intern, Donation, Partnership opportunities and more are on our website➡️ www.brighterbites.org

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #Nonprofit #Volunteer
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Ever wonder how a Superhero fuels his/her body? With fruits and veggies, of course! 🥕🍓🍌🥦

🏃‍♂️ This #GlobalRunningDay, we want to remind you that eating fruits and vegetables is an important part of a fueling and supporting a healthy and active lifestyle!

Eating the right kind of foods before and after physical activity can help kids perform their best...like Superhero Strawberry pictured above! Here are some tips!:
• Eat a healthy breakfast to start the day off with energy. Whole-grain cereals or whole-grain muffins and fruits provide the body with carbohydrates for energy.
• Eat lean protein after exercising to help the body recover. Protein is an important nutrient that repairs and builds muscles.

🎨cred: Ms. Szalkowski's 3rd grade class at 212 in New York City

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Happy National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month! 🥦🍓🍊🍌🌽

We hope you love fresh fruits and veggies just as much as they love you! Did you know that eating a variety of fruits and veggies helps to ensure that your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs?

How do you like to eat your favorite fresh fruits and vegetables? Let us know below! ⬇️

#BrighterBites #NationalFreshFruitandVegetablesMonth #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #HealthyEating
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Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day! ❤️🤍💙

On #MemorialDay, we honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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☀️Shining the light on a superstar volunteer in Southwest Florida!

Yuridia has been a dedicated volunteer with our Southwest Florida team for THREE years now! After a long day at work she still manages to have energy to help load produce boxes into our Brighter Bites families vehicles. Yuridia's favorite fruit is grapes! 🍇

Thank you BERRY much, Yuridia and all of our Florida volunteers! 🍓

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ZOOMing in on what our Austin team has been up to! 💻🔍🤩

Our staff and interns have been hosting virtual cooking classes/demos for all of our 18 schools! 👩‍🍳

We had great turnout for the April demos where the team and kids & families who joined made Hulk Smoothies together and then learned about how to cook with more leafy greens. For the May demos, the team focused on making healthy desserts, including fruity parfaits, beet brownies, and banana ice cream! YUM!!
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Fact time! 🙌

Asparagus, part of the lily family, is a green, spring vegetable that must be harvested by hand. Asparagus spears may be very thin and delicate or thick and dense. White asparagus is grown by covering the plants with soil so they are not exposed to sunlight. Asparagus is a good source of vitamins C and A, and is also high in folate.💚

#NationalAsparagusDay #Asparagus #Veggies #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #FreshProduce #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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"Let's be a fruit and vegetable" 🍉🥦🍇

It's National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, so we thought we'd share a few facts about why you should add more fruits and veggies to your day:
🍊 Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
🍅 Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
🌽 Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy.

CHALLENGE: Try a new way to enjoy your fruits and veggies this weekend! Baked, grilled, steamed, mixed...Then comment below on how it went! 😄

🎨 cred: Ms. Zaner's 3rd grade class in Austin, TX

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👋Meet some of our stellar volunteers from NYC! 🤩 🗽 🚖

🍍Saul is a parent volunteer helping Brighter Bites since September 2019. He is always eager to help us set up and clean up after distribution. Saul is well involved in his community and he is always eager to give a hand. He often brings healthy snacks that he bakes at home.

🥦 Jessica (Jadis) is parent volunteer helping Brighter Bites since the beginning of this school year. Not only does she help her home school but also another of our Brighter Bites schools!

🍈 Lola is a parent volunteer that has helped Brighter Bites for over a year when we used to bag our produce. She has great relationship with the school and community.

🥭Carlos is a community volunteer who has been helping our Brighter Bites community for the past few of months. He graciously offered to help us create our communities of health which he helps at 2 school communities. His favorite fruit is Mango and when the weather is cold he kindly brings the team coffee and yummy snacks.

🍅Marta is a community volunteer helping Brighter Bites since last year! She is always available to help where she is needed during distribution. Her favorite fruit is papaya.

We are thankful for these volunteers and their continuous efforts in our community! 👏

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Our Basic Fruit Jam is anything but basic in flavor!😋

Enjoy this delicious homemade jam on top of your meals such as:
🥞 Breakfast: with your oatmeal, toast, pancakes, yogurt
🥗 Lunch/Dinner: with your salads, meat proteins, marinades
🍨 Dessert: thinned out and frozen for popsicles, in muffins, or even top your banana ice cream!
🎁 it also makes for a great gift!

For the full recipe visit our website ➡️
https://brighterbites.org/recipe/basic-fruit-jam/

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