Brighter Bites has a simple formula:
Food Access - We bring fresh, seasonal produce (50-60 servings) to where kids already are, schools and summer programs, for families to take home weekly.
Food Literacy - We provide nutrition handbooks, tip sheets, and recipes for parents that incorporate the week’s fresh produce. These are linked to children’s in-class nutrition lessons from evidence-based coordinated school health programs we help implement via our trained staff.
Food Engagement - Our team prepares healthy and tasty “brighter bites” (samples) for families to try, using the week's produce.
The science behind Brighter Bites is proving that it takes the continuity of this access/literacy/engagement formula to really make an impact. The simple sustainability, coupled with the partnerships it has formed with food banks, Feeding Texas, and corporations (e.g., Sysco, H-E-B), enables it to replicate the co-op anywhere kids can be found.
Brighter Bites is seeing the positive impact with behavior change for children, and their families, through ongoing data collection and analysis utilizing a robust evaluation platform created in collaboration with UTHealth School of Public Health.