Brighter Bites, a non-profit organization that delivers fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, will continue partnering with the Houston Food Bank, its most critical and longest-standing Houston-area partner, to help serve families in need of fresh food.
Throughout the fall of 2020 and into 2021, Brighter Bites and the Houston Food Bank ensured local families received the fresh produce and nutrition education on schedule, even as the area experienced the uncertainty of the pandemic.
When COVID-19 halted Brighter Bites’ model using parent volunteers to pack donated bulk produce, the Houston Food Bank stepped in to help with continued donations of a variety of fresh produce items, warehouse space and volunteer support to pack produce boxes in their facility.
“Our Brighter Bites community is so grateful to the Houston Food Bank for its long-standing willingness to help, and its flexibility as we all navigate the evolving needs of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rich Dachman, CEO of Brighter Bites. “The Houston Food Bank’s ability to adapt its food supply chain, grant us warehouse space within its facilities and operate so nimbly allowed us to continue distributing fresh produce to students, their families and teachers in Houston.”
Since Brighter Bites 2020-2021 school year programming began in September, the Houston Food Bank has donated more than 1.2 million pounds of fresh produce to ensure all 11,000 Houston-area Brighter Bites families received the produce.
Brighter Bites and the Houston Food Bank hope to see even more growth this spring with so many efficient systems already in place. Volunteers from both organizations familiar with sorting, packing and distributing the donated fruits and vegetables, will be ready to continue the organizations’ missions of serving families in the greater Houston area.
“Houston Food Bank and Brighter Bites have a shared goal to provide nutritious fresh produce to the community and those impacted by food insecurity,” said Brian Greene, president/CEO of the Food Bank. “Our work is not just critical during the pandemic but beyond. And after a strong eight-year relationship, I am confident we will continue expanding our reach throughout Houston even after the pandemic subsides.”