Brighter Bites Launches 10th Location in San Antonio, Texas; Juan Aguilar and Scott Albach Comment
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Families in San Antonio, Texas, are gaining increased access to fresh produce and nutrition education, thanks to Brighter Bites’ latest expansion. The national nonprofit has launched its 10th location in the region, allowing it to serve six schools within Harlandale ISD, directly impacting nearly 720 families and providing 115,200 pounds of fresh produce to its participants.
“I’m so excited our students will be able to receive a hands-on experience of what healthy choices actually look like,” said Juan Aguilar, physical educator at Harlandale ISD. “With the launch of Brighter Bites programming, the kids will be able to try new vegetables and fruits that they normally wouldn't have access to on a regular basis. It is my hope this will also help families ease their food expenses, as prices of groceries have increased dramatically within the last year.”
As explained in a press release, this expansion was made possible by the generous support and partnership from Harlandale ISD and Student Health Advisory Committee, UnitedHealthcare, and FreshPoint San Antonio.
The first San Antonio distribution for Brighter Bites began last week and will continue every week through the end of May.
“At Carroll Bell Elementary, we have a strong, longstanding bond with our school families and the surrounding community,” said Harlandale ISD Physical Educator Scott Albach. “Through our health education curriculum, students and families receive great health information and resources but sometimes making those connections requires something more. Brighter Bites is giving our community the tools to experience making healthy choices, the experience of fresh and new fruits and vegetables, and the experience of a family coming together to cook, eat, and share a meal.”
Following this announcement, Brighter Bites plans to further expand its reach into more schools within the Harlandale school district for the fall semester.
Three cheers for the expansion of this beneficial, produce-centric program!