Food Day Apple Crunch

Join the Food Day Apple Crunch on and around October 24, 2016!

On and around Food Day 2016, millions of people around the country will crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers. Hundreds of thousands of school students will crunch into an apple at lunch time, joined by Americans at public Food Day events, in corporate cafeterias, and at home.

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations had Apple Crunches for Food Day 2014. Join us for the Food Day 2016 Apple Crunch on October 24, 2016!

Click here to register for the Food Day Apple Crunch!

How to Organize an Apple Crunch Event:

-Determine from where you will get your apples (or other local fruit/vegetable). Solicit donations or a commitment from local growers’ associations, farmers markets, CSA producers, or healthy food retailers such as grocery stores.

-Make a media strategy. What outlets (TV, radio, print, other) might publicize your Food Day plans? Identify listservs and special media resources that might publicize Food Day events.

-Determine what kind of funds you will need to pull off the Apple Crunch.

-Build partnerships: Departments of Education, local superintendents, Farm to School networks, school nutrition association state leads, teachers, parents, students, local food retailers, faith community.

-Use the map at www.foodday.org to register your participation in the Apple Crunch.

-Take a bite on October 24! And remember to document and spread the word on social media using the hashtag #FoodDay2015.

How Does it Grow? Apples

One of the world’s most common fruits might seem like a simple thing to grow. But in the first 20 seconds, this video will blow your mind. http://howgrow.org/

Wellness in the Schools Labs & Recipes for School and Home Use these seasonal recipes to get cooking with your family or your classroom- be sure to check them out for National Apple Crunch Day!

*Exclusive* Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) Apple Educational Card. JOFF (USA) provided this apple card exclusively for Food Day 2013 to go alongside apple crunch activities and bring a bit of fun food education to the day. We're excited to share this Apple card again, it's one of 14 simple fresh fruit and vegetable fun and educational lesson plans. Each focuses on a particular fruit or vegetable along with a recipe and food facts and can be taught in the classroom, at an afterschool program, or for adults in the workplace. These cards build a foundation to get anyone eating more fruits and vegetables and trying new ones, while also learning about where the fruit and vegetable comes from and why they are good for them. Get your taster pack here.

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