Brighter Bites is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates communities of health through fresh food. Our goal is to change behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health.
We operate an evidence-based, comprehensive, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. For 16 weeks during the school year and 8 weeks during the summer, Brighter Bites provides: 1) 50 servings (~25lbs) of fresh fruits and vegetables to participating families each week, 2) nutrition education taught in the classroom through a train the trainer model, as well as handbooks, recipe cards and healthy tip sheets for parents, and 3) a fun food experience consisting of a healthy recipe tasting for families to try when they pick up their produce.
Since inception in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed nearly 15M lbs. of produce to more than 30,000 separate families whose kids attend over 100 different schools, camps, and after school programs. We have active programming in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York, Washington, D.C., and SW Florida; in 2018 we will be building out our strategic plan, which envisions a nationwide expansion of Brighter Bites.