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

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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This recipe might just GUAC your world! 💚🥑😎 The sweet pop of corn will have you smiling ear to ear 🌽🌽!

See the full recipe here➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/corn-guacamole/
#NationalGuacamoleDay #BrighterBites #HealthyRecipe #HealthyEating #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #Guacamole
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Today we kick off the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.
We recognize the roles Hispanic and Latino Americans play in our communities and use this month to observe, honor, and appreciate their achievements and most of all, their rich culture!

#NationalHispanicHeritageMonth
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Join our mission and make a direct impact on thousands of families across the country!

From September 7 – October 31 every dollar donated, big or small, will go toward Brighter Bites' $50,000 goal to help overcome the lack of access children have to healthy fruits and vegetables and nutrition education, and ultimately to provide a more equitable community that fosters a healthy mind, body, and environment.

Link in bio!
#BrighterMindsBrighterBites #BrighterBites
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Back-to-School time is here, and our #TuesdayTips will help make the school year a little healthier!

Here are a few tips on how to make healthy foods more fun!
• Look for food in bright colors. 🍒🍇🥭
• Cut your fruit and veggies in fun shapes. 🥦🍉🍍
• Kids love “finger foods”! 🍓🍌🍇

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #HealthyTip #HealthySnacks
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Thumbs up for healthy foods! 👍

We love seeing kids enjoy eating fresh fruits and veggies! When kids have a hand in preparing foods, they are more likely to try new foods.
#KidsTakeOverTheKitchenDay
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Wrapping up a week of successful fall distributions! 🙌
Programming is up and running in five of our cities, and we could not be more excited! 🤩🍇🥦🍊🍅🥬

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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A new school year is here, and we have big plans!
Expected Impact for the 2021-22 School Year:
🏤 138 Schools
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 33,570 Families
🍓 10,742,400 Pounds of Fresh Produce
📚38,640 CATCH Lessons
🥕77,280 Produce Activities

Join our mission of creating communities of health through fresh food! See how you can be a part at the links in our bio!

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #NutritionEducation #Volunteer
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Wishing all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a good and sweet New Year. Shanah Tovah! 🍯🍎

#RoshHashanah #ShanahTovah
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Would it be too cheesy to say that we think these mini pizzas are really GRATE?! 🧀🍕
It's #NationalCheesePizzaDay and we think you need to try these healthy zucchini pizzas that are just too cute!
🍕https://brighterbites.org/recipe/zucchini-pizzas/

#BrighterBites #ZucchiniPizza #HealthyRecipe #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #FreshProduce #Vegetables #NutritionEducation
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Houston Friends!

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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Happy Labor Day weekend! 🎉
We've got you covered this long weekend with easy-to-make recipes that are sure to please the whole family!

Visit our website for these recipes and more!
"Cool as a Cucumber" and Melon Salad
Brighter Bites Smoothie
Smoky Greens
Black Bean Dip

#HappyLaborDay #LaborDay2021
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Do you love blueberries just as much as we do?💙
We love eating blueberries as a snack, in salads, on yogurt, or blended into popsicles!
Blend fresh blueberries with water or milk, pour into popsicle molds, and place in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least 3 hours! Enjoy this sweet and healthy treat!

#NationalBlueberryPopsicleDay #BrighterBites #HealthyRecipe #HealthyEating #FreshProduce #Fruits
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Hope your Monday has been extra sweet! 🍍
We can't wait to get our first fall distributions started this week in Salinas, California!
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🍌🍨 Who's ready for an banana ice cream break?!

#NationalBananaSplitDay #BananaIceCream #BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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It's National Eat a Peach Day, and one of our favorite ways to eat a peach and to start the day is our Just Peachy Parfait. It's quick, easy, and delicious!

Have your kids join you in the kitchen for this simple recipe! 🍑 https://brighterbites.org/recipe/just-peachy-parfait/

#BrighterBites #NationalEatAPeachDay #HealthyRecipe #HealthyCooking #PeachParfait
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