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. In 2016 a total of 339,103 Illinois students participated in the Crunch. This year 1,543,781 students in the region crunched into apples including 469,848 students in Illinois!

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.

2015 Inaugural Quick Facts:

  • In 2015, 35,000 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.