The 2017 Illinois Great Apple Crunch will be held on Thursday, October 12th, 2017. Please mark your calendar and plan on serving local apples in school that day.

Thank you to all the schools that participated in the 2016 Illinois Great Apple Crunch! OverĀ 340,000 students participated in the Crunch this year. Thanks from the Illinois Farm to School Network to all schools for participating in this farm to school activity, and our local farmers thank you as well!

What is the Illinois Great Apple Crunch?

The Illinois Great Apple Crunch is a day-long celebration of fresh, local apples from the Midwest! Schools across the state of Illinois can participate by serving local apples on the lunch tray and ‘crunch’-ing into them together as a school. We provide educational supplements for use in the cafeteria and the classroom that will teach your students all about Illinois apples.

The Illinois Great Apple Crunch is a part of the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch, which is in its third year! Students across the Great Lakes region participate in this fun celebration of local food. The regional Crunch is a project of the Great Lakes region of the National Farm to School Network, and is coordinated in Illinois by a variety of local partners.


Illinois Schools: Check out our poster! Contact your local county Ag in the Classroom coordinator to get a free poster for your school. You can find Ag in the Classroom through your county Farm Bureau.

2016 Apple Crunch Poster