Hungry to help?

We love our Brighter Biters!

Volunteer

Interested in getting your hands dirty and packing our boxes full of produce? Join us for a Produce Boxing!

Interested in helping us distribute produce boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables to our families? Help us at a Produce Distribution!

Click on your city below to find out when and where we need volunteers.


Dear Brighter Bites volunteers,

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, our families, and our volunteers. Brighter Bites is regularly updating our COVID policy, based on the recent CDC guidance.

For more details on our safety practices, please see our safety protocol here.

In good health,
The Brighter Bites TeamΒ 

Houston

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN HOUSTON.

Dallas

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN DALLAS.

Austin

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN AUSTIN.

NYC

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW YORK CITY.

Washington, D.C.

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Southwest Florida

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

Salinas

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TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN SALINAS.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

During Produce Boxing, your role as a volunteer may include:

  • Setting up tables in assembly line format and ensuring work surfaces are clean.
  • Unloading and carrying cases of fruits and vegetables (weighing up to 50 pounds) from the pallet to the boxing area.
  • Sorting through produce to identify and discard spoiled items.
  • Placing fruits and vegetables into the Brighter Bites boxes.
  • Breaking down boxes and cleaning tables and floors during and after the boxing process.

During Produce Distribution, your role as a volunteer may include:

  • Providing a warm, welcoming, and fun environment for parents and children.
  • Distributing boxes into the cars and moving pallets.
  • Tracking and checking in families.
  • Directing traffic.
  • Set up and break down of tents/tables.
  • Adding handouts/materials/stickers to the boxes.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Click on the link above for the city in which you would like to volunteer. You will see the city’s event listing page. When you find an event you would like to attend, click on it. Then, the page will direct you to create a volunteer profile in order to sign up for the event.

Do I need to bring ID?

Yes. Please bring a valid government-issued photo identification. You will need to sign-in with your ID at the front office of the site before coming to the Brighter Bites volunteer location at the site.

Do I need a background check?

Each school district and site is different. You will see information about specific requirements for each volunteer opportunity in the details of each event.

Are there age restrictions?

We love all volunteers big or small, but we do have a few restrictions. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on site, due to the safety precautions necessary during this time of the coronavirus. Children ages 14+ must be accompanied by an adult. Individual city leaders can make exceptions on a case by case basis.

What should I wear?

Please wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. If you have previously volunteered with us, wear your red Brighter Bites t-shirt! Please wear a mask if you do have one. If not, Brighter Bites will provide you with one.

If I need special accommodations, may I still participate?

Yes! We have tasks for everyone. Please let a Brighter Bites staff member know if you need special accommodations.

What do I do when I arrive at the site?

Check in at the front office with your photo ID. Then go to the Brighter Bites volunteer location to check in with Brighter Bites staff.

How long will it take?

The duration of our volunteer opportunities depends on the number of volunteers who attend the event. When you register, you will see the approximate length of the volunteer event indicated in the description.

Can I bring a friend?

The more the merrier! Remember, all volunteers must sign up through the link above.

If I am unable to attend the shift I registered for, do I need to let someone know?

Yes, please use the Cancel my registration button in the registration confirmation email you received, or log in to your volunteer profile to cancel your registration.

If I want to volunteer again, do I need to sign up again?

Yes. Please sign up online for each volunteer shift you would like to attend.

Whom should I contact to give feedback on my experience?

You will receive a link to a volunteer survey in an email after you volunteer with us. You may also send an email toΒ volunteer@brighterbites.net.

Can I choose to volunteer at a site close to where I live?

Yes! Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to see our locations on a calendar or search by zip code, site name, date, time of day, etc. by clicking on Show Calendar orΒ Search Events by Interest, Location, Date or Keyword.

Can I still volunteer if I don't have a car?

Many of our sites are located within close proximity to public transportation. View our locations in the calendar view or search locations by zip code, and refer to your local public transit website for the closest means of public transportation.

Can I still volunteer if English is not my first language?

Yes! There most likely will be a bilingual staff member on site to help, and all of our materials are in English and Spanish.

Do you have volunteer opportunities after school hours or on weekends?

Most of our volunteer opportunities take place during school hours. However, some of our cities do have volunteer opportunities on the weekends. Once you click on your city link on our volunteer page, you will be able to search our opportunities by day of the week, time of day, etc.

Can I get confirmation of my volunteer service?

Yes. Please bring any paperwork that you need signed by Brighter Bites staff to the site during your shift. You can also print a verified summary of your service hours including dates and total time through your volunteer profile!

Can I take home produce?

Brighter Bites volunteers are sometimes parents of children in the Brighter Bites program, so they are allowed to take home their produce bags after volunteering. It is possible that volunteers who are associated with the school and community or are undergraduate or graduate students at a local college may also be offered a set of complimentary produce bags. Volunteers who are not affiliated with the site or a local college, such as volunteers from another organization, corporation, or company, may not receive produce bags. ALL volunteers will receive a complimentary Brighter Bites t-shirt in appreciation of their service!

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! 🍱πŸ₯ͺ🍎

Easy, portable lunchbox ideas ➑️
β€’ Sandwiches or rollups using peanut butter or lean deli meat like turkey on a whole wheat pita πŸ₯™
β€’ String cheese, yogurt, hard-boiled egg, hummus, and tuna salad are great snacks πŸ§€πŸ₯š
β€’ Easily-transportable fruits and veggies: apples, bananas, baby carrots, celery sticks,
cherry tomatoes, grapes, or berries πŸŽπŸŒπŸ‡
β€’ Almonds or other nuts and dried fruit make an energy packed and nutritious treat πŸ₯œ

#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! β€οΈπŸ›πŸŽ―
#TargetCircle #NonprofitPartner
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Another successful week of programming down! πŸ™Œ 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! πŸ’šπŸ₯‘πŸ˜Ž The sweet pop of corn will have you smiling ear to ear 🌽🌽!

See the full recipe here➑️ 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!
β€’ Look for food in bright colors. πŸ’πŸ‡πŸ₯­
β€’ Cut your fruit and veggies in fun shapes. πŸ₯¦πŸ‰πŸ
β€’ Kids love β€œfinger foods”! πŸ“πŸŒπŸ‡

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Vegetables #HealthyTip #HealthySnacks
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Thumbs up for healthy foods! πŸ‘

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! πŸ™Œ
Programming is up and running in five of our cities, and we could not be more excited! πŸ€©πŸ‡πŸ₯¦πŸŠπŸ…πŸ₯¬

#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
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ 33,570 Families
πŸ“ 10,742,400 Pounds of Fresh Produce
πŸ“š38,640 CATCH Lessons
πŸ₯•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?! πŸ§€πŸ•
It's #NationalCheesePizzaDay and we think you need to try these healthy zucchini pizzas that are just too cute!
πŸ•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! β€οΈπŸ›πŸŽ―
#TargetCircle #NonprofitPartner
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Happy Labor Day weekend! πŸŽ‰
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?πŸ’™
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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