Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization delivering fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has added Chelsea Collins to its board of directors to further strengthen community relations in its seven cities and continue to develop the company’s nutrition education pillar.
“Chelsea Collins has a strong track record of engaging communities and bringing people together,” said Lisa Helfman, founder and board chair of Brighter Bites. “We are thrilled to have her guidance in building stronger relationships within the communities and schools we serve as we carry out our mission to create communities of health through fresh food.”
Collins has educated youth in charter and private school systems, including within the KIPP Network Schools program and the Kinkaid School. She also directed the Engineering Math and Science Summer Institute, a collaborative program with the Houston Independent School District (HISD) targeting under-represented minority students, co-chaired the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) People of Color Conference and was an Aspiring Heads Fellow through NAIS.
The importance of food literacy
Food literacy is a deep root of Brighter Bites and with more than 20 years of experience educating students, Collins is a natural fit for Brighter Bites’ board. A long-time Houstonian, Collins recently moved to San Antonio where she currently serves as the head of school for St. Luke’s Episcopal and is pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University.
“Education has always been a passion of mine,” said Collins. “To be able to combine my enthusiasm for education with an organization I believe in wholeheartedly is something that greatly excites me. I’m honored to work with the team at Brighter Bites to engage with the principals, teachers and families in the cities in which we serve, providing them with a strong sense of community as well as the fresh food and nutrition education they need so much right now.”