Houston-based Brighter Bites, a nonprofit delivering fresh fruits and vegetables alongside nutrition education resources, hosted a gala to celebrate its 10th birthday.
As part of the celebration, the nonprofit exceeded its $500,000 campaign goal by raising $741,467 to support the company’s mission of helping communities throughout the U.S. have access to fresh produce and nutrition education.
The gala took place on Nov. 2 at The Revaire in Houston, Texas, and featured guest speaker Scott McClelland of H-E-B. Additional honorees and sponsors included Sysco, Taylor Farms, SUNSET, Mission Produce and its Board of Directors.
“Throughout my tenure at H-E-B, it has been an honor to work alongside Brighter Bites, and to be included among the board of directors,” McClelland said. “I look forward to continuing to see this organization grow and make a lifelong difference with many more families and communities throughout the country.”
All proceeds raised during the Birthday Campaign and Gala will help families and children learn about healthy eating habits.
“We’re thankful to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers, partners and employees who make our program possible,” said Lisa Helfman, founder and board chair. “Without your dedication to this cause, we would not be able to celebrate 10 years of providing fresh food to under resourced families across the nation. Your work is building a better future for generations to come.”
Since its founding in 2012, Brighter Bites has shared more than 50 million pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and nutrition education to 500,000 people, in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, Washington D.C., Southwest Florida, Salinas, Los Angeles and Bakersfield.
The organization also announced at the gala its plans to expand into San Antonio, Texas, by the end of the year. This will be Brighter Bites’ 10th city to date – a huge milestone to achieve in the last 10 years of programming.
To learn more about Brighter Bites, visit brighterbites.org.