Partner Spotlight: Hardie’s Fresh Foods

Recently, Brighter Bites Austin wrapped up a successful fall session of programming, propelled by culinary creativity, generous produce donations from growers that work with FreshPoint South Texas, and our new collaborative partnership with Hardie’s Fresh Foods.

Radames Leal, Transportation Manager (L) and Tony Medina, Operations Manager (R)

On top of delivering over 50 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables—including cantaloupe, gold kiwi, burgundy lettuce, medley tomatoes, and pears—each week to approximately 750 participants at six schools in the Austin Independent School District, the team enhanced distributions with educational recipe displays and guided culinary literacy through cooking demonstrations at three school sites. As always, inspirational school leaders, teachers, volunteers, and parents fueled the team’s continued programming excellence. Week after week of programming, Brighter Bites teachers and parents introduced their students and children to an average of nine varieties of produce, all of which entered through Hardie’s Fresh Foods’ warehouse doors before being re-packed and delivered to school sites, thanks to their exceptional warehouse and transportation teams.

Sidney Krzywonsky, Receiver

David Ibarra, Warehouse Team Member, builds and stages all Brighter Bites mixed pallets

Jose Martinez, Driver, delivers produce to Brighter Bites schools

Paike Morris, Driver, delivers produce to Brighter Bites schools

We could not be more grateful to Hardie’s Fresh Foods for their warm, enthusiastic welcome and incredible support of our program and mission. Many thanks to FreshPoint South Texas, Feeding Texas, and Hardie’s Fresh Foods for your shared passion and partnership.

Alex Rangel, Transportation Supervisor


David McCoy, General Manager

Brian Williams, Receiver

Gaudencio Bautista, Receiver