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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get Brighter Bites at my school?

We are growing rapidly! If you’d like us to come to your neighborhood/school/camp/community, please fill out an application here.

Who can I contact if I have questions about becoming a Brighter Bites school?

Contact Emily Kelley for inquiries about Houston, Meredith Spence for information on Dallas, Maggie Whittington for interest in Austin, Melanie Button for inquiries about NYC, Tara McNerney for information on Washington, D.C., and Marcela Romero for interest in Southwest Florida.

How does the program work?

Check out our eight-step process here.

How long is the program?

The Brighter Bites program is divided into three eight-week seasons that occur during the Fall, Spring and Summer.

Are you only in K-12 sites?

Nope. You can also find us in preschools and after-school programs, along with YMCAs and churches. We update our Locations frequently, so keep checking back!

Where does the Brighter Bites food come from? How do y’all do this for free?

Brighter Bites is made possible through government grants and the generous support of our partners. Check them all out here.

Are you hiring?

We’re always looking for bright individuals to help bolster our program. Please contact careers@brighterbites.org to learn about our current openings.

I’ve always wondered if a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable?

Depends on whether you’re asking a chef or a scientist. Botanically speaking, the tomato’s seeds qualify it as a fruit, but because it is used primarily for savory cooking—like its fellow ambiguous counterparts the squash, green bean and cucumber—it is most widely considered a vegetable.

Our First Annual Impact Report is here! 🙌
What's Inside?
- 2020 Milestones 🏆
- Programming Highlights by the Numbers 🔢
- Nutrition Education Data 📈
- Operations During COVID-19 😷
- A Look Forward to 2021 ☀️
- And more! 👏

“We’re proud and thankful to share a great report that reflects the team’s hard work and efforts over the past year. Despite new protocols in place for COVID-19, we worked with our amazing partners around the country to ensure fresh food & nutrition resources were available for children and their families when they needed them the most.”
-Lisa Helfman, Founder & Board Chair

Visit our website at www.brighterbites.org/financials to see the full report featuring the mission that drives us, facts that back up our program methods, and the families and impact that keeps us moving forward. We are so proud of the work that we do, and we hope that you join us in our mission! Here's to looking back at a successful year in 2020 full of impact and to many more years of creating communities of health through fresh food!

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We think our Brighter Bites teachers are really GRAPE! 🍇

Brighter Bites partners with school staff to teach nutrition education lessons, produce activities, and PE activities in the classroom. Nutrition education is an essential piece to our formula, and it takes a school village to help make it happen! THANK YOU to our school staff, principals, teachers, and coaches for all of the work that you do within the school to teach your students about healthy eating. You truly are making such an impact on your Brighter Bites students! Here is a look at what our educators have achieved!
📚Nutrition Education lessons taught: 9,015
🤸‍♀️PE Activities done: 452
🥦Produce Activities executed: 19,493

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❤️Brighter Bites mourns the loss of a beloved friend, colleague, and important member of our team. Willie Woods, Program Coordinator in Houston, Texas, was dependable, good natured, and an enthusiastic giver. Willie was always there for anyone who needed him. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time, and we celebrate his life and impact on everyone he knew.

At Brighter Bites, we support and love each other like family. We celebrate in good times and come together in hard times. We humbly created a fundraising effort to support the needs of Willie's family. Please see the link here and in bio if you are interested in giving. https://gofund.me/3cf1f92c
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Here's the latest on what's happening in the Big Apple! 🍎

🏫Total sites: 13 schools
🙌Total number of families served: 2,600 families
🌽Total pounds of produce distributed: 930,000 lbs
🤝Program partners: Our programming is made possible from partnerships with @cityharvestnyc, @darrigonewyork, @myredrabbit, and of course all our schools and families!
🍍Some family favorite produce in the boxes: plantains, papayas, pineapples, and mangos
🎉Staff highlight: We recently welcomed a long time volunteer into our NYC team as a program associate. We are thrilled to have Jen Bodero on board!
💙Thank you to one of our newest supporters @eifoundation!

@BrighterBitesNYC
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Did someone say SALSA? 💃

Salsas are great recipes to add more fruits and veggies into your diet. Here are some festive and delicious salsa recipes to add to your recipe rotation:
🥭 Mango Tango Salsa
🌽 Black Bean & Corn Salsa
🧄 Poblano Salsa
🍉 Watermelon Salsa

➡️ For the full recipes check out our website https://brighterbites.org/recipes

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🍊 Ever wondered why orange juice is the most popular fruit juice in America?

We think it's because of it's bright color, sweet taste, and it's health benefits! In honor of National Orange Juice Day, we are sharing a few facts about oranges:

🍊Oranges are sweet citrus fruits.
🍊These fruits have long growing seasons from autumn to spring.
🍊They come in many sizes and different shades of orange.
🍊These citrus fruits are good sources of vitamin C.

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Cutest way to say "Thank you!" to our supporters, partners, volunteers, and friends? The artwork of our little Brighter Biters, of course!

🎨 Credit: Ms. Delacruz's 2nd grade class at Kruse Elementary in Houston

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This month, Brighter Bites is recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. At Brighter Bites, we love celebrating cultures through food! Tropical fruits like passion fruit, kumquats, dragon fruit, lychee, and pineapple and vegetables like bok choy, taro root, daikon radish, and Napa cabbage are native to Asian countries and are a delicious way to celebrate this rich culture.

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Looking for a RAISIN to smile? 😃🍇

Our Triple Fruit Coleslaw will surely put a smile on your face! This is a kid favorite!!! 🎉

Have your kids involved in preparing this yummy recipe- they can measure out and mix together all of the ingredients.

For this delicious recipe go to our website ➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/triple-fruit-coleslaw/

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This #ThankfulThursday, we’d like to thank our partner Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for choosing Brighter Bites for a #HealthyKidsHealthyFamilies grant! Together, we have been able to accomplish some really great work in our Texas communities!💙

We've provided safe distributions to families in Texas and sent home prepacked boxes of produce containing more than 1,000,000 pounds of 85 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables during this quarter alone!

Additionally, Brighter Bites held 469 produce distributions attended by 14,733 unique families. While in our Brighter Bites schools, the teachers have taught 1,446 CATCH lessons to 46,222 students!
Thank you Blue Cross Blue Shield for helping keep our Brighter Bites families healthy!

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Cheers to brightening your day with a fresh and o so colorful smoothie! 🌞🍎

Smoothies are great recipes that your kids can help with in the kitchen. Have your kids wash the fresh produce, pour in the liquid, and push the blender button!

What better way to brighten up your day than with our Brighter Bites Smoothie? Here's the scoop➡️
🥕INGREDIENTS:
1 red beet, peeled and shredded
1 small apple, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
Handful of fresh or frozen berries, no sugar added
Handful of fresh kale, spinach, or other leafy greens
1 cup cold water

🍓DIRECTIONS:
Wash all fresh produce. Remove kale leaves from stem. Combine all ingredients in blender, and puree until smooth.

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Did you know?

🍈Each week, Brighter Bites provides families with 50-60 servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with budget-friendly recipes and tip sheets to get kids cooking in the kitchen.

🍉While it costs a family $0 to participate in Brighter Bites, it also saves them approximately $35 each week on groceries.

👍According to research, by the end of just one year of Brighter Bites families will report:
• Healthier eating and snacking habits
• A significant, long-term increase in the amount of fresh produce consumed
• A significant decrease in the amount of added sugars consumed
• More scratch cooking and family meals
• Smarter grocery purchases

For just $15, you can ensure a family of four has enough fruits and vegetables for an entire month. Give $100 and sponsor a Brighter Bites family for six months, or $200 for a full year!

Head over to our website to help donate to our Brighter Bite communities ➡️ https://www.brighterbites.org/donate/

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Tomorrow is National Zucchini Bread Day, and we've got the perfect recipe to celebrate! 🍞
Have you tried our Sweet Potato and Zucchini Muffins yet?
🧑‍🍳 This is a great recipe to get your kids in the kitchen this weekend! Have your children wash the fresh produce, measure ingredient, shred produce and spoon the batter into the molds. 👩‍🍳

See the full recipe on our website and GET BAKING! ➡️ https://brighterbites.org/recipe/sweet-potato-zucchini-muffins/

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