The Great Apple Crunch is a fun way for schools to celebrate local agriculture and eat delicious, fresh apples. The Crunch is a regional event that takes place across the Great Lakes region: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Last year 600,000 students in the region Crunched into apples on Crunch Day! The Illinois Great Apple Crunch is brought to schools by a partnership of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Ag in the Classroom, Illinois Farm to School Network, Illinois Specialty Crop Growers Association and the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
- In 2015, 600,000 students in the Great Lakes Region crunched into apples on Crunch Day. That’s a lot of apples!
- Over $40,000 of local apples were purchased for the Crunch, which brought a huge amount of money into our local food and farm economy.
- Students throughout the large school districts of the Midwest, including Chicago, also participated in the Midwest Menu: a local lunch featuring apples, potatoes, and a local hamburger and bun.