It’s official! 🎉
Brighter Bites has officially headed West and has its first distribution TODAY in California. We could not be more excited to partner with the Salinas community in sharing our love of fresh produce, nutrition education, and a fun food experience!
The fertile fields of the Salinas Valley (also known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”) are home to numerous growers, and the headquarters of many Brighter Bites partners making it an ideal location for expansion to a seventh market. The Salinas area is known as the "produce capital" of the country and therefore is a natural fit for the organization to work even more closely with local growers, shippers, and organizations to continue the momentum of giving back to a community that has given so much. Brighter Bites looks forward to seizing on this opportunity to improve the health of the students and families in the Salinas area by providing nutrition education and access to free, fresh produce being grown so close (in fact- 30% of the world’s lettuce is grown in the Salinas Valley!). 🥬🍅🥑🥦
Brighter Bites’ launch in the region is made possible through the support of several key partners, including @riverfreshfarms, who is providing logistical support, and critical funding partners like the @walmart Foundation, @yourtaylorfarms @missionavocados, JV Smith Companies, and @churchbrothersfarms. Other donors, including those who are providing produce, include D’Arrigo, @dolepics @bragafreshfarms, Nunes Company, Inc., Muzzi Family Farms, and @veggiesmadeeasy .
For our first semester in Salinas, we are partnering with three school districts including Gonzales Unified School District, Greenfield Union School District, and Monterey County Head Start. Brighter Bites will continue to grow the program in the Salinas region into the summer and fall.
Follow along @brighterbitessalinas to see more of our programming in Salinas! We can't wait to share more our story and impact with you! 🙌
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