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.

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!

The SUNSET® Rocks Virtual Party is tomorrow night! We are looking forward to sharing our mission with the produce industry as well as enjoying a live concert from a big-name artist! 🎸🎶🎙 We are so thankful for the generous support of our event sponsors. Thank you @chelanfresh @calavogrowers @grimmwayfarms @goodfoods @yesapples !!

Interested to see who this year's big-name recording artist will be? Join us tomorrow, October 13 at 7:30PM EST!
Link to register in bio!
#sunsetrocksvirtualparty #brighterbites #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #partnership #sunsetgrown #inspiredbyflavor
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Thank you @earthfresh for being a matching sponsor for the upcoming SUNSET® Rocks Virtual Party is coming up next Tuesday, October 13! We are honored to be the nonprofit recipient of the event and to have the support of our sponsors!

Interested to see who this year's big-name recording artist will be? Join us next Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30PM EST!
Link to register in bio!
#sunsetrocksvirtualparty #brighterbites #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #partnership #sunsetgrown #inspiredbyflavor
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We are five days out from the SUNSET® Rocks Virtual Party! We are honored to be the nonprofit recipient of the event, and we are so grateful for our generous matching sponsor @sunkistcitrus !! 🍊 Thank you!!

Interested to see who this year's big-name recording artist will be? Join us next Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30PM EST!
Link to register in bio!
#sunsetrocksvirtualparty #brighterbites #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #partnership #sunsetgrown #inspiredbyflavor
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The SUNSET® Rocks Virtual Party is coming up next Tuesday, October 13! We are honored to be the nonprofit recipient of the event, and we are privileged to have the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you @heb !!

Interested to see who this year's big-name recording artist will be? Join us next Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30PM EST!
Link to register in bio!
#sunsetrocksvirtualparty #brighterbites #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #partnership #sunsetgrown #inspiredbyflavor
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We are beyond excited to be the nonprofit recipient of the SUNSET® Rocks Virtual Party happening next Tuesday, October 13! Not only do we get to share our mission with the produce industry through this event, but we also get to share a virtual concert experience! 🎤🎵🎶🎸 How exciting is that? Interested to see who this year's big-name recording artist will be? Join us next Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30PM EST!
Link to register in bio!
#sunsetrocksvirtualparty #brighterbites #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #partnership #sunsetgrown #inspiredbyflavor
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It's World Vegetarian Day, and we are sharing some of our favorite vegetarian dishes. 🍅🥦🌽🧅🥕So whether you are eating a vegetarian diet, fasting from meat, practicing "meatless Mondays", or simply looking to add more vegetables into your diet, we've got some recipes for you!
• Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
• Black-Eyed Peas Rainbow Salad
• Cauliflower Ceviche
• Zucchini Pizzas
For more these full recipes and more, visit our website www.brighterbites.org/recipes

#brighterbites #BrighterBitesBrighterHomes #worldvegetarianday #vegetarian #recipeoftheday #healthyrecipes #freshproduce #fruit #vegetables #healthyeating #healthycooking
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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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