Brighter Bites, Houston, has received the RESULTS Houston Seeds of Hope Award, recognizing the organization’s mission to provide fresh produce to underserved communities.
Brighter Bites CEO Rich Dachman and co-founder Shreela Sharma, professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, accepted the award at a Nov. 22 gala in Houston.
“Brighter Bites is mission-aligned with RESULTS in that we are all trying to empower families in need by planting ‘seeds of hope’ to improve their health and lives,” Sharma said in a news release. “We are greatly humbled and honored to receive this award.”
Sharma and Lisa Helfman started Brighter Bites in 2012, with a goal of changing eating habits of children and families to address obesity and promote long-term health, according to the release. Since then, the program has provided more than 24 million pounds of fresh produce, along with nutrition education materials in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Texas, New York City, Washington D.C., and Southwest Florida.
“This prestigious award will further motivate us to continue to dedicate ourselves to getting produce into the homes of families who need it,” Dachman said in the release.
The Houston chapter of RESULTS is a non-partisan advocacy group “that supports a movement of passionate, committed volunteers who use their voices to influence political decisions that will end poverty,” according to the release.