Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands. The three step formula is a recipe for success - produce distribution, nutrition education and fun food experiences! Volunteers can assist with the following tasks:
1. Produce Distribution - For eight weeks each in the fall, spring, and summer, Brighter Bites distributes fresh produce for participants to pick up and take home. Each week, families receive two bags, containing 50 servings (~25lbs), of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The produce is primarily donated, and we are purposefully channeling it into low-access communities. Volunteers can pack produce bags, sort donated produce and distribute bags. Volunteers may also set up and take down tables.
2. Nutrition Education - Brighter Bites supports the teachers in schools, camps, and other educational centers to implement an evidence-based coordinated school health nutrition program. Parents also receive weekly educational tools with their bags, including nutrition handbooks, recipes, and tip sheets.
3. Fun Food Experience - During weekly produce pickups, Brighter Bites staff and volunteers create a fun food experience for the whole family, demonstrating colorful recipes and passing out samples that incorporate that week’s fresh produce.
To sign up to volunteer and to access the online calendar to see what dates volunteers are needed CLICK HERE
Locations for volunteer events varies. There are 10 current cities running Brighter Bites volunteer events -
Texas - Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas
California - Salinas, Bakersfield, Los Angeles
New York - New York City
Florida - Naples, Fort Myers
Bring a government-issued photo ID. Some locations require a background check.
Wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. T-shirts are provided to volunteers. Children under 14 are not permitted. Please dress in layers as it is cold in the warehouse, but you may feel warmer as we work.
Salinas, California, United States