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

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

@brighterbiteshou #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesHouston #Nonprofit #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?

@brighterbitesaustin #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesAustin #Coconut #Coconuts #FreshProduce
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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
@brighterbitesaustin
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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!

@brighterbites_swfl #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesSWFL
#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!
#BrighterMindsBrighterBites #BrighterBites #BackToSchool2021
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Is there anything sweeter than homemade pancakes? Homemade sweet potato pancakes! 🥞🍠

See for yourself! ➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/sweet-potato-pancakes/
#NationalPancakeDay #SweetPotatoPancakes #BrighterBites #HealthyRecipe #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #FreshProduce #Vegetables
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Did you know that a healthy diet can impact a student's academic performance, energy, and focus?

Let's get this school year off to a healthy start for kids across the country! Your donation makes a direct impact on the families we serve-Brighter Bites provides free access to fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and healthy tips and tools to thousands of families across the country.

We cannot wait to partner with you in our mission of creating communities of health through fresh food! Link in bio!

#BrighterMindsBrighterBites #BrighterBites
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Looking for some healthy lunchbox ideas? We've got you covered! 🍱🥪🍎

Easy, portable lunchbox ideas ➡️
• Sandwiches or rollups using peanut butter or lean deli meat like turkey on a whole wheat pita 🥙
• String cheese, yogurt, hard-boiled egg, hummus, and tuna salad are great snacks 🧀🥚
• Easily-transportable fruits and veggies: apples, bananas, baby carrots, celery sticks,
cherry tomatoes, grapes, or berries 🍎🍌🍇
• Almonds or other nuts and dried fruit make an energy packed and nutritious treat 🥜

#HealthyLunchbox #BackToSchool2021 #BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables
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Houston Friends! 12 days left to vote!

Did you see in @Target Circle that you can vote for Brighter Bites as your community partner of choice? From now until the end of September, you can cast your vote! Make a difference in the lives of thousands of families all while shopping! Log in and vote today! www.target.com/circle/community-voting

Happy shopping! ❤️🛍🎯
#TargetCircle #NonprofitPartner
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Another successful week of programming down! 🙌 Here's a glimpse at some of our kick-off distributions in our Texas cities!

@brighterbiteshou @brighterbitesdallas @brighterbitesaustin
#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesHouston #BrighterBitesDallas #BrighterBitesAustin #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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