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.

A LITTLE HEART PLUS ONE MAGIC FORMULA

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 FUNFAMILIAR, 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.

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.

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.

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

CATCH IS BACKED BY NEARLY 25 YEARS OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

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.

The recipe for that very demo also waits in the bags, ready to be taken home and tried out. Kids and their families taste new dips, soups, snacks, main dishes, and more—and they never leave without a stop at our happenin’ tattoo station.

OUR SIGNATURE SAMPLES ARE CONCOCTED BY IN-HOUSE NUTRITIONISTS

HULK SMOOTHIE, ANYONE?

Step Seven

Take Home
the Fun

When all is said and done, each family and teacher walks away with a pair of bags that contains 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.

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMERS

WE’VE PASSED OUT OVER 15 MILLION POUNDS OF PRODUCE TO MORE THAN 40,000 FAMILIES

Interested in learning a little bit more about our impact in the communities we serve? Here's the scoop! ➡️
Since its inception in 2012, Brighter Bites has delivered more than 40,000,000 pounds of fresh produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to more than 475,000 individuals (including teachers) in multiple cities across the country. 🎉🙌

A majority of children in the United States do not consume sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables. These consumption rates are significantly lower among minority populations who live in underserved areas known as food deserts: places without access to fresh produce. So we bring good food to where kids already are: preschools, elementary schools, and summer camps. 🏫

Every week, Brighter Bites heads to these sites and distributes fresh, seasonal produce for families and teacher to pick up and take home. Each week of programming, we provide approximately 50 servings of fruits and vegetables, weighing 20-25 pounds, for the families we serve. 📦🥦🌽🍇

Currently we are serving over 120 schools across SEVEN cities! Some of our most frequently distributed produce items include: apples, carrots, oranges, pears, potatoes, bananas, cucumbers, limes, tomatoes, onions, and pineapple. Now that is big and healthy impact! 🍎🥕🍊🍐🥔🍌🥒🍋🍅🧅🍍

#BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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Mondays aren't so bad when you have a Brighter Bites box of produce to look forward to! 📦🍎🍍🥦🥕
Brighter Bites distributions are outdoor drive thru and walk up lines this year. They are safe and contactless, and not to mention fun and healthy for the whole family! We cannot wait to see our Brighter Bites families this week! What do you think is in the box this week? 🤔📦
#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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We are thrilled to share that we’ve been selected as a #VoicesDMV Community Action Awards winner for our Washington, D.C. program! Thank you @communityfndn for helping us spark change and turn our ideas into action to enhance our community!
#AdvocacyToAction #CommunityAction
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🍓Strawberries are red,⁠
Blueberries are blue.⁠
Mangoes are sweet🥭,⁠
and we think you are too!⁠
♥️ -The Brighter Bites crew!⁠

#HappyValentinesDay⁠
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Brighter Bites is wishing our community a Happy Lunar New Year!
#LunarNewYear
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This #WellnessWednesday we are celebrating the avocado!⁠
Avocados are in peak season. 😋🥑⁠
What does that mean❓ When fruits and vegetables are in season it means that they are the most flavorful and affordable.⁠

✨It can be tricky to choose the right avocado, but here are a few of our tips! ⁠

🥑 Avocados are available year round like most fruits and vegetables these days, but January through March is the best time of year for the best flavor.⁠
🥑Look for avocados that are green and firm if you won’t be using them for a few days or avocados that are⁠
black and evenly yield to gentle touch for immediate use. ⁠
🥑To ripen avocados, you may leave them out at room temperature until they soften. ⁠
🥑Look for avocados without bruises, blemishes, soft spots, or very mushy flesh.⁠

Fun fact: Avocado is a fruit. 🥑😎⁠

#BrighterBites #EatinSeason #FreshProduce #Fruit #NutritionEducation #Nonprofit #HealthyTips #HealthyFact #Avocado ⁠
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It's National Pizza Day 🍕🎉, so we are sharing our Zucchini Pizza recipe and a healthy tip for you:

Did you know that you can make pizza without a flour crust? That's right! These yummy zucchini pizzas uses thin slices of zucchini as the crust! This recipe is flavorful, easy to make, full of nutrition, and budget-friendly. 🥫🧅It is sure to fit in with your health goals this year. 💪⁠
Check out the recipe below, and let us know what you think!⁠

INGREDIENTS:⁠
3 medium zucchini⁠
Pinch of salt and pepper⁠
1 small jar low sodium pizza or marinara sauce⁠
¼ cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese⁠
your favorite vegetable toppings (onion, bell pepper, olives, or mushrooms)⁠

DIRECTIONS⁠
Turn on oven broiler, or preheat to 425°F. Wash zucchini and cut into slices about ¼ inches thick. Lightly sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper, and place on baking sheet. Spread a small amount of sauce on each zucchini slice, then top with cheese and your choice of veggies. Broil on high for 3-5 minutes, or bake until cheese is melted. Serve immediately!⁠

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #RecipeOfTheDay #TuesdayTips #NationalPizzaDay #NutritionEducation #EatHealthy #BBHouston #BBAustin #BBDallas #BBNYC #BBWashingtonDC #BBSWFL
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Looking for delicious and nutritious appetizers for this Super Bowl weekend at home?? 🏈⁠
Here are a few of our favorite dips perfect for the occasion-
• Better Than Ranch Dip⁠
• Black Bean Dip ⁠
• Corn Guacamole⁠
• Poblano Salsa
😋🥕🥑🌮⁠

Pair these dips with sliced veggies, tortillas chips, or as a toppings on tacos. ⁠

Visit our website for the full recipes. ➡️https://brighterbites.org/recipe/⁠

What are you snacking on this Super Bowl Sunday? Comment below with the healthy recipes! You’ll be making at home!

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #RecipeOfTheDay #SuperBowlSnacks⁠
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Think we are crazy for putting clothes on vegetables? We don’t CARROT all! 🥕😉
We love putting smiles on our families’ faces, and this guy sure did this week at Beacon Heights Elementary in DC! 🤩

@brighterbitesdc
#brighterbites #brighterbitesdc #freshproduce #fruits #vegetables
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Can you guess what is special about today's "date"⁉️⁠
It is #NationalMedjoolDateDay! 🌴 To help celebrate National Medjool Date Day we would like to share a quick tip about dates:⁠
Did you know that the white spots that occur on dates are not mold, but the date’s natural sugar moving to the surface.😋 ⁠

For more tips on dates and other delicious fruits and vegetables visit our website at www.brighterbites.org/tips-tools 🤩⁠

@ndmedjooldates ⁠
#BrighterBites #NationalMedjoolDateDay #FreshProduce #NutritionEducation #Nonprofit #HealthyFact
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Southwest Florida Friends!
Save the Date! You’re invited to join the Naples Children & Education Foundation on Saturday, January 30th at 7:00PM on WINK-TV. The one-hour televised event will highlight organizations it has funded and the systems of care it has built to support children like ours in Collier County. Please join us and help improve the life of a child—you won’t even have to get off the couch to do it.
Good news for our friends outside of Florida- The event will also be livestreamed online for all to see! Please visit https://www.ncefkids.com/ to tune in live on Saturday at 7:00PM EST.

@ncef_nwwf @brighterbites_swfl
#‎ItsAllForTheKids #NCEFNaples #NWWF21 #NCEFkids #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesSWFL #partnership #nonprofit #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation
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