October 08, 2014
by Alicia Farhat

Bringing Brighter Bites to North Texas

October 08, 2014
by Alicia Farhat

by Alicia Farhat, Brighter Bites Program Manager at NTFB 

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Would you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables if you had a steady stream of fresh goodies on your kitchen counter? What about thirty pounds a week, two paper bags full – could you incorporate that into your household’s weekly meals?  This may be more than you’re used to, but Brighter Bites thinks not only that you could, but you should! In fact, that’s the idea that the Brighter Bites program is centered around:

If we give our kids something better to munch on, they will!

Brighter Bites is a new partner program with NTFB that strives to improve poor nutrition that often exists for low-income families by providing access to healthier foods and teaching families easy ways to prepare more nutritious options. We go into elementary schools – a total of 9 Dallas-area elementary schools– and for 16 weeks of programming, we give families fresh produce (30 pounds each week!), nutrition education, and fun food samples.

Because the Dallas weather finally began to cool down a little, last week we were able to bag produce outside at one of our schools.  Along with parent and community volunteers, we moved 50-pound bulk bags and boxes of heavy but delicious fresh produce, from the NTFB truck to tables where we filled two bags for each family.  We also slipped fun, colorful educational pieces and recipe cards into their produce bags – showing easy ways to incorporate all 30 pounds of produce into the week’s meals.

Families take home a huge variety of fresh produce: tomatoes, pomegranates, honeydew melon, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, apples, oranges, corn, raisins, and potatoes! Some of these items are new to the families in the program, so we know the recipes and the educational pieces are an important part of engaging the students and families in taking on healthier habits.

Brighter Bites My favorite part of the Brighter Bites distributions is when families try a sample of a recipe using some of the produce items in that week’s bags.  Last week the snack sample was a “Hulk Smoothie” – packed with tons of vitamins and minerals from the honeydew, peaches, and, you guessed it, SPINACH which turned it green!  Kids were trailing me down the hall asking for more!

We are off to a great start to the fall program!  Several principals and teachers have told me how grateful they are for the fresh, healthy produce for their families.  They know their students will come to school with full bellies, and with the energy and attention to focus in the classroom.  We cannot wait to be with our families this week and hear all the amazing meals they created with their produce!
Hulk Smoothie

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by Alicia Farhat, Brighter Bites Program Manager at NTFB 

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Would you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables if you had a steady stream of fresh goodies on your kitchen counter? What about thirty pounds a week, two paper bags full – could you incorporate that into your household’s weekly meals?  This may be more than you’re used to, but Brighter Bites thinks not only that you could, but you should! In fact, that’s the idea that the Brighter Bites program is centered around:

If we give our kids something better to munch on, they will!

Brighter Bites is a new partner program with NTFB that strives to improve poor nutrition that often exists for low-income families by providing access to healthier foods and teaching families easy ways to prepare more nutritious options. We go into elementary schools – a total of 9 Dallas-area elementary schools– and for 16 weeks of programming, we give families fresh produce (30 pounds each week!), nutrition education, and fun food samples.

Because the Dallas weather finally began to cool down a little, last week we were able to bag produce outside at one of our schools.  Along with parent and community volunteers, we moved 50-pound bulk bags and boxes of heavy but delicious fresh produce, from the NTFB truck to tables where we filled two bags for each family.  We also slipped fun, colorful educational pieces and recipe cards into their produce bags – showing easy ways to incorporate all 30 pounds of produce into the week’s meals.

Families take home a huge variety of fresh produce: tomatoes, pomegranates, honeydew melon, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, butternut squash, apples, oranges, corn, raisins, and potatoes! Some of these items are new to the families in the program, so we know the recipes and the educational pieces are an important part of engaging the students and families in taking on healthier habits.

Brighter Bites My favorite part of the Brighter Bites distributions is when families try a sample of a recipe using some of the produce items in that week’s bags.  Last week the snack sample was a “Hulk Smoothie” – packed with tons of vitamins and minerals from the honeydew, peaches, and, you guessed it, SPINACH which turned it green!  Kids were trailing me down the hall asking for more!

We are off to a great start to the fall program!  Several principals and teachers have told me how grateful they are for the fresh, healthy produce for their families.  They know their students will come to school with full bellies, and with the energy and attention to focus in the classroom.  We cannot wait to be with our families this week and hear all the amazing meals they created with their produce!
Hulk Smoothie

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1 Comment




  1. Judy
    Judy

    You know this makes me SO happy….to my core!
    I am so proud of you and I sent the link to you blog to all your nutrition professors at LSU.


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