Hungry to help?

We love our Brighter Biters!

Volunteer

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!

Click on your city below to find out when and where we need volunteers.


Dear Brighter Bites volunteers,

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, our families, and our volunteers. Brighter Bites has updated our COVID policy, based on the recent CDC guidance allowing fully vaccinated employees, interns, and external volunteers to be unmasked starting Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This policy covers all Brighter Bites sponsored activities. State, local, school and partner site policies will supersede this policy and we will require ALL employees, interns and volunteers to follow those masking and safety policies. Please look to your supervisor for guidance on state, city, school and partner site policies.

Guidance for volunteers:

  • If volunteers have been fully vaccinated, they may provide proof of vaccination by either showing their physical vaccination card or a picture of their vaccination card to the site supervisor.
  • The site supervisor will provide the volunteer with a vaccination sticker for the day.
  • If a volunteer has not been vaccinated or does not have proof of vaccination they must follow our COVID masking policy.

For more details on our safety practices, please see our safety protocol here.

In good health,
The Brighter Bites TeamΒ 

Houston

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN HOUSTON.

Dallas

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN DALLAS.

Austin

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN AUSTIN.

NYC

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW YORK CITY.

Washington, D.C.

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Southwest Florida

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

Salinas

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SALINAS.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

During Produce Boxing, your role as a volunteer may include:

  • Setting up tables in assembly line format and ensuring work surfaces are clean.
  • Unloading and carrying cases of fruits and vegetables (weighing up to 50 pounds) from the pallet to the boxing area.
  • Sorting through produce to identify and discard spoiled items.
  • Placing fruits and vegetables into the Brighter Bites boxes.
  • Breaking down boxes and cleaning tables and floors during and after the boxing process.

During Produce Distribution, your role as a volunteer may include:

  • Providing a warm, welcoming, and fun environment for parents and children.
  • Distributing boxes into the cars and moving pallets.
  • Tracking and checking in families.
  • Directing traffic.
  • Set up and break down of tents/tables.
  • Adding handouts/materials/stickers to the boxes.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Click on the link above for the city in which you would like to volunteer. You will see the city’s event listing page. When you find an event you would like to attend, click on it. Then, the page will direct you to create a volunteer profile in order to sign up for the event.

Do I need to bring ID?

Yes. Please bring a valid government-issued photo identification. You will need to sign-in with your ID at the front office of the site before coming to the Brighter Bites volunteer location at the site.

Do I need a background check?

Each school district and site is different. You will see information about specific requirements for each volunteer opportunity in the details of each event.

Are there age restrictions?

We love all volunteers big or small, but we do have a few restrictions. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on site, due to the safety precautions necessary during this time of the coronavirus. Children ages 14+ must be accompanied by an adult. Individual city leaders can make exceptions on a case by case basis.

What should I wear?

Please wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. If you have previously volunteered with us, wear your red Brighter Bites t-shirt! Please wear a mask if you do have one. If not, Brighter Bites will provide you with one.

If I need special accommodations, may I still participate?

Yes! We have tasks for everyone. Please let a Brighter Bites staff member know if you need special accommodations.

What do I do when I arrive at the site?

Check in at the front office with your photo ID. Then go to the Brighter Bites volunteer location to check in with Brighter Bites staff.

How long will it take?

The duration of our volunteer opportunities depends on the number of volunteers who attend the event. When you register, you will see the approximate length of the volunteer event indicated in the description.

Can I bring a friend?

The more the merrier! Remember, all volunteers must sign up through the link above.

If I am unable to attend the shift I registered for, do I need to let someone know?

Yes, please use the Cancel my registration button in the registration confirmation email you received, or log in to your volunteer profile to cancel your registration.

If I want to volunteer again, do I need to sign up again?

Yes. Please sign up online for each volunteer shift you would like to attend.

Whom should I contact to give feedback on my experience?

You will receive a link to a volunteer survey in an email after you volunteer with us. You may also send an email toΒ volunteer@brighterbites.net.

Can I choose to volunteer at a site close to where I live?

Yes! Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to see our locations on a calendar or search by zip code, site name, date, time of day, etc. by clicking on Show Calendar orΒ Search Events by Interest, Location, Date or Keyword.

Can I still volunteer if I don't have a car?

Many of our sites are located within close proximity to public transportation. View our locations in the calendar view or search locations by zip code, and refer to your local public transit website for the closest means of public transportation.

Can I still volunteer if English is not my first language?

Yes! There most likely will be a bilingual staff member on site to help, and all of our materials are in English and Spanish.

Do you have volunteer opportunities after school hours or on weekends?

Most of our volunteer opportunities take place during school hours. However, some of our cities do have volunteer opportunities on the weekends. Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to search our opportunities by day of the week, time of day, etc.

Can I get confirmation of my volunteer service?

Yes. Please bring any paperwork that you need signed by Brighter Bites staff to the site during your shift. You can also print a verified summary of your service hours including dates and total time through your volunteer profile!

Can I take home produce?

Brighter Bites volunteers are sometimes parents of children in the Brighter Bites program, so they are allowed to take home their produce bags after volunteering. It is possible that volunteers who are associated with the school and community or are undergraduate or graduate students at a local college may also be offered a set of complimentary produce bags. Volunteers who are not affiliated with the site or a local college, such as volunteers from another organization, corporation, or company, may not receive produce bags. ALL volunteers will receive a complimentary Brighter Bites t-shirt in appreciation of their service!

It's Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we'd say that calls for a party! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ€πŸ’ƒπŸ•Ί

What vegetable makes you want to turn up the BEET!? πŸ₯¦πŸ₯’πŸŒ½πŸ†πŸ…

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

#BrighterBites #EatYourVegetablesDay #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #HealthyEating
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Trying to encourage your kids to eat more fruits and veggies? Here's our favorite PEACH of advice!πŸ‘
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! 🍽

#BrighterBites #KidsInTheKitchen #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking
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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.🍍🍎🌽πŸ₯•

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 website➑️ 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! πŸ₯•πŸ“πŸŒπŸ₯¦

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ 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!:
β€’ 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.
β€’ 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

#BrighterBites #NationalFreshFruitandVegetablesMonth #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #HealthyEating
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Happy National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month! πŸ₯¦πŸ“πŸŠπŸŒπŸŒ½

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! β€οΈπŸ€πŸ’™

On #MemorialDay, we honor and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
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β˜€οΈ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! πŸ‡

Thank you BERRY much, Yuridia and all of our Florida volunteers! πŸ“

@BrighterBites_SWFL
#BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesSWFL #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesVolunteer
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ZOOMing in on what our Austin team has been up to! πŸ’»πŸ”πŸ€©

Our staff and interns have been hosting virtual cooking classes/demos for all of our 18 schools! πŸ‘©β€πŸ³

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!!
@brighterbitesaustin

#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesAustin #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables
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Fact time! πŸ™Œ

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.πŸ’š

#NationalAsparagusDay #Asparagus #Veggies #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #FreshProduce #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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"Let's be a fruit and vegetable" πŸ‰πŸ₯¦πŸ‡

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.
πŸ… 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! πŸ˜„

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

#NationalEatMoreFruitsAndVegetablesDay #FruitsAndVeggies #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #BrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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πŸ‘‹Meet some of our stellar volunteers from NYC! 🀩 πŸ—½ πŸš–

🍍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.

πŸ₯¦ 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.

πŸ₯­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.

πŸ…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! πŸ‘

@brighterbitesnyc
#BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesNYC #NYC #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesVolunteer
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Our Basic Fruit Jam is anything but basic in flavor!πŸ˜‹

Enjoy this delicious homemade jam on top of your meals such as:
πŸ₯ž Breakfast: with your oatmeal, toast, pancakes, yogurt
πŸ₯— 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 ➑️
https://brighterbites.org/recipe/basic-fruit-jam/

#WellnessWednesday #StrawberryMonth #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Smoothies #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesInvolved
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