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Como un desagradable pedazo de pastel provocó un nuevo tipo de cooperativa

Dos Mujeres,
Una Brillante Idea

Lisa Helfman y Dra. Shreela Sharma
Fundadoras de Brighter Bites

Por varios años, Lisa Helfman y su familia participaron en una actividad semanal cooperative de frutas y vegetables, fue entonces cuando se dio cuenta de que los hábitos alimenticios de su familia habían cambiado para bien. Al punto, de que un día su hijo menor rechazó un trozo de pastel en una fiesta de cumpleaños, y en su lugar pidió que le dieran los arándanos que estaban acostumbrados a comer en casa.

Como la mayoría de las madres, Lisa se dio cuenta de que ésta había sido una decisión bastante significativa en la vida de un niño de cinco años. Entonces Lisa se preguntó, qué pasaría si todos los niños tuvieran acceso con frecuencia a frutas y vegetales frescos, qué influencia tendría esto en su alimentación.

Lisa se sintió motivada a copiar este proyecto en comunidades marginadas conocidas como  food deserts, zonas desérticas de alimentos, o áreas donde escasean los mercados surtidos con frutas y vegetales frescos. Como la educación nutricional en estas áreas también escasea, la idea de Lisa fue llevar un producto cooperativo fresco, que a su vez tuviera un componente educativo,

a las escuelas de estos vecindarios. Ella creó una alianza organizacional entre el Banco de alimentos de Houston, Houston Food Bank, y la Dra. Shreela Sharma, experta en nutrición y Profesora de Epidemiología de la Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Texas en Houston, UTHealth. Así fue como nació el programa conocido hoy en día como Brighter Bites.

Desde su inicio en 2012, Brighter Bites ha hecho entrega de millones de libras de frutas y verduras frescas, incluyendo educación nutricional para nuestros niños y sus familias en varias ciudades. Mordisco a mordisco, vamos llegando a todo el país.

Our Southwest Florida team puts the "BRIGHT" in Brighter Bites! ☀️

If you are in the Naples/Fort Meyers area and would like to volunteer, sign up today! www.brighterbites.org/volunteer

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Sweet Noah gives a thumbs up for vegetables! 👍 We could not agree more!

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What an honor! 🤩
Our @BrighterBitesDallas Senior Program Manager, Magaly Solis, accepted the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas' Inaugural Catalyst Award for Advancing Equity award for Brighter Bites.

We attended the YMCA Key Leaders Luncheon event last week, which is designed to connect key community and business leaders with the timely local issues that has regional impact while also sharing a few accomplishments and priorities of the @YMCADallas.

Thank you for letting us be a part of this fantastic community!
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Brighter Minds Start with Brighter Bites!💡🍎
Give the gift of produce and nutrition education today!
www.justgiving.com/campaign/brighterbites

#BrighterMindsBrighterBites
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Teamwork makes the dream work! 🤩 Our Houston team is ready to serve, and we are so grateful for our volunteers who come and make it happen! 👏👏

Interested in joining? Sign up today! brighterbites.org/volunteer

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Showing lots of love to @HEB for your partnership and your generosity in donating to our program! Thank you for continuing to support our work in creating communities of health through fresh food!

#ThankfulThursday #BrighterBites #HEB #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables
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The results are in from the @Target Circle Guest-Directed Giving program!
We are excited to share that guests at Target stores cast 92,424 votes to Brighter Bites, resulting in a generous donation from Target to Brighter Bites! Most importantly, thank you for voting for our mission and the impact we have on the community!
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We are CRAZY for coconuts! 🥥🥥🥥Coconut water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut meat, and more! 🧉🥛🍛🍚🍨How do you like to eat coconut?

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We are getting closer to our goal of $50,000, and we need YOU to help us meet our goal!
Every dollar of our Brighter Minds Start with Brighter Bites campaign goes directly to serve our families with fresh produce, nutrition education, and healthy tips and tools! Join our mission today!➡️
www.justgiving.com/campaign/brighterbites

#BrighterMindsBrighterBites
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Today, on Indigenous Peoples' Day we commend the rich history, culture, and people of the Native American/Indigenous community. On this day, let us all acknowledge the contributions of indigenous people and celebrate!

#IndigenousPeoplesDay
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Kiwi always brings us the good fuzzy feelings! 😉💚
What fruit makes you smile?

Thank you @imperfectfoods for this delicious and sweet donation!

#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesAustin #FreshProduce #Fruits #Kiwi
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🌅Sunshine is in the forecast for our Brighter Bites distributions in Southwest Florida!
Thank you @publix Super Market Charities for your generous donation in support of our program to deliver produce to the families we serve! Your donation makes a bright impact!

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#ThankfulThursday #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #Nonprofit
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Are you ready to make an impact?
Your donation provides families with direct access to fresh fruits and vegetable, nutrition education, and healthy tips and tools. Join our campaign today!
www.justgiving.com/campaign/brighterbites

#BrighterMindsBrighterBites
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All smiles, all the time! 😃🍅
What fruit or veggie makes you smile?

#WorldSmileDay #BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables
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Brighter Bites is making BIG impact across the country, and we want you to join us! 🤩 Did you know that your donation makes a direct impact on our families?

Your donation of $25, $50, $100 goes toward providing direct access to fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and healthy tips and tools for families nationally!

We are getting closer to our goal of raising $50,000! For every dollar donated until October 31st, it will be matched up to $50,000. Donate today and be a part of our mission to create communities of health through fresh food this school year! 🍓🥑🍊🥭

Link in bio on how you can give!
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