Texas Success Stories

Brighter Bites

This post was submitted by Brighter Bites, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed.

Brighter Bites is a non-profit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly into families’ hands, while teaching them how to use and choose a different kind of fast food. We make it fun. We make it free. And we make it happen via a simple, three-part formula:

  • Fill the Plate (produce distribution)
  • Educate (nutrition education)
  • Make it Great (fun food experience)

    The mission of Brighter Bites is to create communities of health through fresh food. We are a comprehensive, multi-component school, preschool, and after-school program. The program increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and nutrition education for obesity prevention among low-income children and their families.

    Our goal is to help curb the childhood obesity epidemic in Texas by increasing the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables, leading to improved family eating habits and ultimately improved health outcomes.

    women standing amid hundreds of bags of produce

    Program Success
    Our long-term study showed that participating families

    • Consumed more fruit and vegetables
    • Consumed fewer calories from added sugars
    • Cooked at home 2 times as much
    • Used nutrition facts labels to make purchasing decisions
    • Ate more meals together as a family
    • Had more fruits and vegetables available at home

    As Brighter Bites grows, we will continue to track these data points to ensure our program remains effective.

    boy sitting on bench with a bag of produce

    Type of Program
    Nutrition Education

    Years of Implementation

    Number of Participants

    Target Audience
    Underserved families with school-age children living in the food deserts or Houston, Dallas, Austin, and Freeport, TX.

    Program Evaluation
    Brighter Bites has a robust program evaluation platform developed and implemented in collaboration with UTHealth School of Public Health. We have used key program indicators to track dosage, fidelity, and reach across all Brighter Bites locations since the program began in 2012.

    For more information, please contact Mike Pomeroy.


Mongomery County Food Bank logo SNAP-Ed, Montgomery County Food Bank

This post was submitted by the Montgomery County Food Bank in Texas, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed.

The SNAP-Ed Program promotes nutrition education and healthy eating, helping educate our residents and recipients on the benefits of making healthy choices. Healthy eating and proper nutrition is integral to ensuring a healthier community which is key to ending the cycle of hunger.

Program Success
SNAP-Ed nutrition education messages have been incorporated into Food Bank programs. Our senior citizens attended SNAP-Ed presentations and learned how to make better choices. We promote SNAP-Ed throughout schools, and classes are now coming to the Food Bank for field trips to learn about nutrition. Finally, we add SNAP-Ed materials and recipes to food distribution boxes. The people who receive boxes then have resources about how to cook and process the food the just received.

Type of Program
Nutrition Education

Years of Implementation

Number of Participants
1,913 people have participated between October 2016 and March 2017.

Target Audience
Adults, children, seniors, food pantry participants

For more information, please contact Julia Cudd or 936-539-6686.


Good Food. Good Move. advertisement "Good Food. Good Move." Text and Email Campaign

This post was submitted by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed.

This campaign gives moms tools that they can incorporate into their daily routines. Text and emails have messages about

  • recipes
  • savings/shopping tips
  • ways to preserve food
  • when to purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • ways to eat healthy and be physically active

The program is an awareness campaign that encourages people to sign up for weekly tips via email and/or text. The tips provide actionable help that moms can immediately use to make healthier food choices and be more physically active, while staying on a budget.

good food. good move. image asking people to sign up for texts

Program Success
Subscribers in March 2017: 21,122. Almost three times as many subscribers as in September 2015 (7,767).

Type of Program
Nutrition Education

Years of Implementation

Number of Participants
Over 21,000 subscribers as of March 2017

Target Audience
SNAP recipients and low-income families

For more information, please contact Lauren Dimitry or 512-517-5914.


IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge

This post was submitted by IT’S TIME TEXAS, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed..

The IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge is a free, statewide competition that pits communities, school districts, and colleges/universities against one another to demonstrate commitment to healthy living.

a bunch of girls standing with their teacher

Program Success
This years’ Community Challenge was the most successful to date.

  • Collectively, participants lost a total of 9,000+ pounds.
  • Mayors from 73 communities signed pledges to improve local health efforts.
  • 4,800 healthy activities occurred at schools and local organizations.

Participating communities

  • launched health resource events
  • free fitness classes
  • mayor’s Health & Fitness Councils
  • other community health initiatives

For personal success stories: https://itstimetexas.org/communitychallenge/

a bunch of kids in a gym posing for camera

Type of Program
Statewide healthy living competition

Years of Implementation

Number of Participants
Over 23,500 Texans representing 334 communities participated in the 2017 Community Challenge.

Target Audience
The Community Challenge engages all sectors including individuals, families, educators, students, employers, mayors, and community groups.

Program Evaluation
Success of Community Challenge is measured by meeting impact goals, identifying year-over-year increase in participation, and progress toward, and intent to continue, health efforts initiated by Community Challenge.

For more information, please contact Coco Plunkett.


better living for texans logo A Fresh Start to a Healthier You!

This post was submitted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Better Living for Texans, an implementing agency of SNAP-Ed.

A Fresh Start to a Healthier You! is a holistically designed adult-learning series. The series uses practical experience and information to help change lives and improve health. Lessons are research-based and teach people the importance of

  • adding healthy foods to the daily routine
  • increasing fruit and vegetable intake
  • increasing physical activity
  • using food safety practices
  • using food resource management skills

Participants gain support and understanding from the instructor and other participants. They also learn how to provide safe, healthy, and economical meals for their families and themselves. All materials are available in both English and Spanish.

Program Success
In 2016, 7,854 adults completing the surveys reported:

  • More people eat fruit 2 times per day (pre: 23%, post: 38%, 30-day follow up: 50%)
  • More people eat vegetables 3 times per day (pre: 8%, post: 16%, 30-day follow up: 32%)
  • More people use a shopping list most or all of the time (pre: 49%, post: 70%, 30-day follow up: 82%)
  • More people plan meals in advance most or all of the time (pre: 37%, post: 59%, 30-day follow up: 74%)

Type of Program
Direct nutrition education

Years of Implementation
2016 - present

Number of Participants
In 2016, over 8,000 adults completed 3 sessions of the series.

Since 1994, the Better Living for Texans program has offered research-based educational series and single educational programs. The emphasis of the series and educational programs is on increasing fruit and vegetable intake, adopting regular physical activity, and gardening. In 2016, over 1-million educational contacts were made.

Target Audience
Adults eligible for SNAP

Program Evaluation
This program is evaluated by pre and post surveys and a 30-day follow-up survey. The surveys ask questions about behavior changes related to the series.

For more information, please contact Renda Nelson or 979.845.6813.