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 current volunteer opportunities this year have shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, our families, and our volunteers. We are practicing social distancing amongst our staff, partners, volunteers, and families. All staff and volunteers must wear masks and gloves and regularly wash their hands. For more details on our safety practices, please see our safety protocol here.

In good health,
The Brighter Bites Team 

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 to 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 or 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!

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!

#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesImpact #nonprofit #FreshProduce #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience
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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

#BrighterBites #FreshProduce #Fruits #Veggies #Vegetables #JoyOfFresh #HaveAPlant #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #WeAreBrighterBites
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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
#BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #BrighterBitesNYC #NYC #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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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

#NationalSalsaMonth #WellnessWednesday #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Smoothies #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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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.

#NationalOrangeJuiceDay #OrangeJuice #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Smoothies #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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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

#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #FreshProduce #EatHealthy #FoodIsMedicine #Fruits #Veggies #Vegetables #JoyOfFresh #HaveAPlant #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #WeAreBrighterBites
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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.

#asianamericanpacificislanderheritagemonth #aapiheritagemonth
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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/

#NationalRaisinDay #HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #VegetarianRecipe #BrighterBitesImpact #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy
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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!

#BrighterBites #BlueCrossBlueShieldOfTexas #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #NutritionEducation #nonprofit #partnership
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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.

#WellnessWednesday #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Smoothies #HealthyCooking #HealthyEating #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #BrighterBitesInvolved
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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/

#HealthyEating #HealthyCooking #BrighterBitesInvolved #BrighterBites #WeAreBrighterBites #FreshProduce #fruits #vegetables #Nonprofit #NutritionEducation #FunFoodExperience #JoyOfFresh #EatHealthy #GetInvolved
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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/

#NationalZucchiniBreadDay #ZucchiniMuffins #WeAreBrighterBites #Fruit #Veggies #EatHealthy #NutritionEducation #FreshProduce #NonProfit #FunFoodExperience #BrighterBitesInvolved #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes
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