2019 Georgia Crunch 4 Lunch

The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, is celebrating apples in Georgia on Friday, September 13, 2019. Apples are an agricultural product of Georgia and in peak season from July through December. Georgia’s apple industry is centered in North Georgia, with Ellijay in Gilmer County being known as the apple capital of the state.
Join in the Georgia statewide celebration of Georgia Apples by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 13, 2019. It will be the "crunch heard round the state!" The Georgia Crunch 4 Lunch encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives. It is also a fun way to connect food and agriculture to all kinds of classroom curricula – from science to art! If you are unable to participate on September 13th or at the exact time of 12:00 noon, we still encourage you to plan an Apple Crunch 4 Lunch event anytime during Georgia’s apple season. Be sure students and staff know that September 13, 2019 is the Crunch 4 Lunch activity. Advertise the event in school announcements, on the school's website, and through social media. On Crunch 4 Lunch Day, be sure to announce the event in the cafeteria. Download the full guide here: GA Crunch 4 Lunch Guide
  • Assemble a team. Invite teachers, parents, and students to participate in the planning process.
  • Find a source for your apples.
  • Choose your Apple Day activities. In addition to the Crunch 4 Lunch, consider other fun activities for the day.
  • Promote your event with some of the ideas in the Outreach and Promotion section.
  • Share your story. Submit photos to the Farm to School (farm2school@gadoe.org) inbox.
  • Purchase and serve local or regional apples as part of your school lunch program. Apples can be offered as part of the reimbursable meal, and students can use these apples for the Crunch.
  • Source your apples through your produce or broadline food distributor.
  • Find apples by directly contacting local apple growers in your area. Search for Georgia grown vendors in this Georgia grown Vendor Contact resource.
  • Having trouble finding a farm? Contact your National Farm to School Network Core Partner for help! Click Here for a list of Georgia apple growers.
  • Search for Georgia apples on the Georgia Grown website.
  • Source local or regional apples through the  USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for serving as part of a reimbursable meal. Royal Food Service is the state USDA DoD vendor.
  • Visit the Finding Local Food section of the GA Farm to School Toolkit for more resources to local Georgia producers.
  • Find apples from a regional produce aggregator or food hub (USDA Local Food Hub Directory).
Be sure students and staff know that September 13, 2019 is the Crunch 4 Lunch activity.  Advertise the upcoming event in school announcements, on the school’s website, and through social media. On Crunch 4 Lunch day, be sure to announce the event in the cafeteria.

SAMPLE ANNOUNCEMENT: “Today we are celebrating Georgia Apples with a Crunch 4 Lunch!  We are going to Crunch into our apples together with students across the state.  It will be the ‘crunch heard round the state! The apples today are from (enter name of) local or regional farm. Apples are crisp, sweet and delicious, and in peak season right now.  Get ready to make some noise! It’s apple crunch time.  We’ll count down from five. Ready? 5-4-3-2-1-CRUNCH!”

In the cafeteria: Student can select an apple as part of their reimbursable meal and use it for the Crunch.

In the classroom: Provide students a fresh, whole, locally or regionally grown apple for the Crunch.

Use these tips to make your event a success:
  • Announce the Crunch in the morning and during lunch over the school PA system. check out the full guide for a sample announcement.
  • Display a promotional sign in the cafeteria. See this sample or create your own.
  • Display the name of the apple farm on the serving line.
  • To ensure everyone can enjoy the Crunch and that apples don’t go to waste, consider cutting apples into halves or slices for younger students.
  • Make the Crunch 4 Lunch into a school-wide celebration by pairing older students and younger students together for crunch time.
  • Don’t forget to appoint a parent, teacher, student or community member to act as photographer or videographer and capture all the action of the Crunch 4 Lunch!
Share fun facts about apples. Visit the Georgia Harvest of the Month (HOTM) webpage and scroll down to September for apple resources!
  • Apples have five seed pockets.
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Apples float because 25% of their volume is air!
  • Ellijay, in Gilmer County, is known as the apple capital of Georgia.
  • Apples are high in fiber (helps with digestion).
HOTM Apples Fact Sheet
In addition to the Apple Crunch 4 Lunch activity, here are some other ideas for celebrating Georgia Apple Day:    
  • Taste test multiple apple varieties and vote on your favorite variety.
  • Utilize this Taste Testing Tool to incorporate a taste test into the classroom and meet Georgia standards.
  • Invite a local farmer to the classroom or cafeteria to participate in the event.
  • Arrange a field trip to a local orchard to accompany the Crunch.
  • Create an apple themed photobooth. Share your pictures on social media, #GACrunch4Lunch, #GeorgiaGrown, and #FuelingGA.
  • Connect to the Classroom The Crunch 4 Lunch can be celebrated with apple-based learning activities for a creative way to meet learning requirements for language, math, science, art, and more!  Check out the following resources for apple-themed learning activities:
Spread the word with the school community.  Here are some general outreach ideas:
  • Announce the event in your school’s newsletter or on the website.
  • Promote the event through social media using the hashtags #GACrunch4Lunch, #GeorgiaGrown, #FuelingGA.
  • Create flyers to post around the school and community.
  • Make a morning announcement over the school PA system.
  • Capture your Crunch event with photos and videos. Share through social media!
  • Click here for a GA Apple Crunch 4 Lunch Press Release Template.