Brighter Bites, a national nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, has received increased funding from key industry partners Mission Produce, SUNSET, and Taylor Farms. The additional donations will benefit Dallas and Salinas location programming.
“Since I first attended IFPA’s October event as the CEO of Brighter Bites just over three years ago, I’ve had the honor of working with the most dedicated partners through Mission Produce, SUNSET, and Taylor Farms,” said Rich Dachman, CEO of Brighter Bites. “As I walked the show that year all three companies immediately stepped up to support our organization without hesitation and have continued that to this day. We are beyond thankful for their commitment to providing fresh food for under-served communities in our country.”
In addition to monetary contributions, Taylor Farms provides Brighter Bites with a weekly supply of produce to include in the program boxes distributed to under-resourced families. These typically include a variety of produce to broaden family and students’ palettes and knowledge of fruits and vegetables available for them.
“As a part of our ongoing efforts to support food accessibility, we value our longstanding partnership with Brighter Bites and will increase our donation commitment this year to help bolster the cause,” says Bruce Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms. “We are passionate about helping families gain access to healthy fresh foods and proud of the impact we have been able to make together with Brighter Bites.”
Mission Produce and SUNSET have been ambassadors of Brighter Bites for the past three years and are considered major financial supporters.
“Brighter Bites provides a unique opportunity to not only the communities they serve by providing a healthy food source for those in need, but they also are exposing fresh produce to new users in many cases,” said Steve Barnard, president, and CEO of Mission Produce. “This a win/win for the communities and the produce industry.”
“Brighter Bites’ vision to make fresh produce accessible to communities in need is very close to our hearts at Mastronardi Produce,” said Paul Mastronardi, president, and CEO of Mastronardi Produce Limited/SUNSET®. “Grandpa Umberto Mastronardi had that same vision more than 70 years ago when he pioneered greenhouse growing in North America. It is an honor to support the impactful work carried out by Brighter Bites in America.”
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