BrightSide Produce makes it easy for small stores to offer high-quality, low-cost fruits and vegetables to their customers. We buy bulk, wholesale produce and make weekly deliveries to the stores. We charge only 10% above wholesale costs and have no minimum order requirements. The corner store delivery service that we offer is nationally distinctive — we are unaware of any other organization that helps corner stores stock affordable fresh produce this way. We have been delivering to corner stores in Minneapolis since 2014, and started serving St. Paul in 2022. We currently partner with ~35 stores.
Part of what makes BrightSide unique is our self-sustaining economic model. We offer weekly Home Deliveries of fresh produce to households that pay a "food justice surcharge." The revenue from this program allows us pay our employees a fair wage and maintain our corner store operations. Its a win-win! Our customers get fruits and veggies delivered right to their door AND they help make fresh produce more available in the community.
Pay What You Can
We believe everyone deserves access to fresh, affordable food. In 2020, we began offering a Pay What You Can home delivery option throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Recipients pay an amount they can afford each week, and community donors fill in the gaps with weekly contributions. As part of this program, we also partner with several community health clinics to deliver fresh produce to patients.
In the past, we have also operated farm stands in underserved neighborhoods, provide fruit bowls on college campuses, and make donations of fresh produce to food shelves. BrightSide has also developed curriculum for college classes focused on social justice and resilient local food systems, and is involved in public health research. Have an idea to partner with us? Send us a note at email@example.com