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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.

Ready for slower mornings and delicious pancakes this weekend? 😴🥞 We are too!! Just in time for National Pancake Day tomorrow, we are sharing our Sweet Potato Pancakes recipe. 🍠🥞 You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious and sweet treat that is sure to please the whole family for your weekend breakfast!

INGREDIENTS
• ½ sweet potato
• 3 eggs
• ⅛ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp vanilla extract
• ⅛ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS
Using a knife, cut slits in the sweet potato half for better cooking and cook sweet potato in microwave until very tender (about 4½ minutes). Once the sweet potato has cooled, use a fork to mash it until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. In a blender or food processor add sweet potato, eggs, and remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Over medium heat, spray a pan with cooking spray and add a ¼ cup of batter to form a pancake. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for about 2-3 minutes. Repeat this to make about 6-7 pancakes. Serve with bananas, berries, and a splash of maple syrup or honey!

#brighterbites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #nationalpancakeday #sweetpotato #pancakes #breakfast #recipeoftheday #freshproduce #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking
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It's National Linguini Day and we wanted to share our Pasta Primavera recipe, which we think is imPASTAble to resist! 🍝🍝🍝

INGREDIENTS
• 2 zucchini, diced
• 1 bell pepper, diced
• 1 onion, diced
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 2 Tbsp olive oil
• Salt and pepper (to taste)
• 1 jar (32 oz) pasta sauce
• 1 lb uncooked whole wheat pasta

DIRECTIONS
In a large pot boil water and cook pasta according to package instructions. When ready, drain pasta and let sit. Sauté zucchini, bell pepper, onion and garlic in olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Add the sauce and heat then serve over the cooked pasta. 🍝😋

#brighterbites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #nationallinguiniday #pasta #recipeoftheday #freshproduce #vegetables
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This might sound corny, but it has felt a-maize-ing 🌽 to be back in our communities and see all of our Brighter Bites families this week! 💛

That’s a wrap on our first week of fall programming in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and DC! 🎉📦🧅🥕🍎🥔🍋

#brighterbites #freshproduce #fruits #veggies #vegetables #nutritioneducation
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Want to be a part of the Brighter Bites volunteer community?
We think we'd make a great PEAR! 🍐 🍐 Join us this year in distributing our boxes full of fresh produce to our families. We have opportunities available in all of our cities! 🍉🍌🥕🌽🍊🥬

Distribution Volunteer Duties may include:
• Distributing boxes into cars in the drive thru line or directly into the hand of families in walk up lines 🚙🚗📦
• Lifting and moving produce boxes or moving pallets 🥦💪
• Tracking and checking in families ✔️📋
• Directing drive-thru or walk up lines🚦🚧
• Set up and break down of tents/tables 🎪
• Adding handouts/materials/stickers to the boxes ⭐

Hungry to help? 🍎
Sign up online ➡️www.brighterbites.org/volunteer
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Looking to squeeze in a little volunteering? 🍋 Our volunteers spots are open, and we are ready to GUAC-and-roll! 🥑 Today, we are highlighting our Produce Boxing opportunity located at the @houstonfoodbank ! It's all hands on deck to help package up all of the fruits and vegetables for our Brighter Bites families. 💚

During the boxing project, volunteers will help build produce orders for Brighter Bites schools at the Houston Food Bank. This includes sorting and boxing produce, then stacking the completed boxes of produce onto pallets. These pallets will then be delivered by the Houston Food Bank to Brighter Bites schools throughout the week.
 
Volunteer duties may include:
• Sorting a variety of fruits and vegetables into boxes 🥕🍓🍍🍊
• Lifting and stacking full produce boxes in order to build large pallets of packaged produce 📦
• Cleaning the work area by disposing of trash and recycling ♻️

Hungry to Help? 🍎 Sign up on our website ➡️ www.brighterbites.org/volunteer
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Fall programming has started today in many of our cities! We are staying safe 😷 and practicing social distancing ↔️ while distributing produce to our families 🚗 🚙 📦. And although you can’t see them, we have BIG smiles 😁 underneath our masks! It feels great to be back in our communities!! 🎉🍎🥦🥕🍍🧅🍌🧅🍋🍅
#brighterbites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #freshproduce #eathealthy #foodismedicine #nutritioneducation #childnutrition #fruits #veggies #vegetables
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August is #NationalPeachMonth and we are sharing some tips on how to enjoy this delicious summer fruit!

How do you like to eat peaches? On top of yogurt, tossed in a salad, or as a snack? Share your favorite recipe with us!

#BrighterBites #freshproduce #summerproduce #eatinseason #eathealthy #foodismedicine #fruit #summerfruit #JoyofFresh #HaveaPlant
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We're so proud of Jennifer Boone and Ragen Doyle for participating in ReFED's Food Recovery Accelerator this year. The learnings from the program may now be found in this new ReFED report, which is an essential resource for everyone interested in scaling innovative food recovery and hunger relief efforts. Download it here: https://bit.ly/AccelReport! ...

Looking for an easy snack to enjoy in this summer heat? Our Frozen Fruit Pops are the perfect treat! In honor of #nationalwatermelonday we are sharing this tasty recipe. All you need is a ripe watermelon, a blender or food processor, and popsicle molds (or small plastic cups and toothpicks!). It's a tasty treat that has tons of flavor and nutrition without any added sugar!
Visit our website for the full recipe.

#BrighterBites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #freshproduce #eathealthy #foodismedicine #fruit #JoyofFresh #HaveaPlant
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Because mac and cheese can be both delicious and nutritious! Our Crafty Mac 'n Cheese includes some hidden veggies in the creamy sauce. Can you guess what vegetables we use?
#nationalmacandcheeseday #macncheese #BrighterBites #freshproduce #eathealthy #foodismedicine #veggies #vegetables #JoyofFresh #HaveaPlant
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