1 Million Crunches for Food Literacy

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"What a fantastic way to celebrate nutrition, raise awareness of various food discussions, and encourage a sense of both school and national unity!" - Salem Elementary School in New Brunswick

Since 2008, over 1 million people have joined us for the Great Big Crunch, an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison. The symphony is loud, whether you munch on apples or carrots. From coast to coast to coast, celebrate and enjoy healthy snacking with your class, colleagues or friends. Using vegetables and fruits as stars in recipes and fun activities will make you cherish the local bounty around us all.

NEW for 2021: Crunch on Thursday, March 11th or….anytime in the month of March!
It’s been a wild year. Schedules and routines have gone out the window and we’re all adjusting to this new “normal” at home, at work and in schools (physically and virtually).
That’s why we’re proposing a Great Big Crunch month this year. You can Crunch down on March 11th, at 2:30pm EST 2021 if that works for you, or, Crunch anytime in March.
This year, FoodShare will be highlighting migrant labour on farms in Ontario. Good food (including apples) wouldn’t grow in Ontario if it wasn’t for the thousands of migrant workers doing the work. Stay tuned to this page for an educator resource guide (coming soon) on how to integrate discussions and activities around migrant workers into your 2021 Great Big Crunch.

How the Great Big Crunch works:

And remember, you can register and participate in the Great Big Crunch any time, year ’round!


2021 Great Big Crunch Educator Toolkit: Spotlight on Migrant Farmworkers

Also visit the Coalition for Healthy School Food's website for additional Crunchy activities.

NEW! Visit FoodShare's YouTube channel to see the recording from our "Spotlight on Migrant Workers" panel discussion co-hosted with Justicia for Migrant Workers on March 10, 2021.

Tried and Tested Lessons

Apple-Themed Story Books
Apple Dissection
Apple Fractions (Math)
Apple History, Customs, Facts
Apple Varieties
Crunch Chart
Crunching with Carrots
Crunching with Cucumbers
Earth as an Apple
How to Keep Your Apples from Turning Brown (Science)
Macky Mac & The Crunchy Bunch (Literacy)
Names and Games (Tasting)
Personal Apple π (Geometry)

Past Resources

2020 Great Big Crunch Toolkit
2020 Great Big Crunch Certificate (English/French)
2020 Great Big Crunch Poster (English/French)
2019 Great Big Crunch Toolkit 
2018 Great Big Crunch Certificate (English/French)
2018 Great Big Crunch Activities (English/French)
2018 Great Big Crunch Poster (English/French)
2017 Great Big Crunch Certificate (English/French)
2017 Great Big Crunch Activities (English/French)
Great Big Crunch 2017 poster (Toronto)
Great Big Crunch 2017 poster (English/French)
2016 Great Big Crunch Activities

2016 Great Big Crunch Certificate of Participation
2015 Great Big Crunch Activities
2014 Great Big Crunch Activities
2013 Great Big Crunch Activities
2011 Great Big Crunch Activities
2010 Great Big Crunch Activities
2008 Great Big Crunch Activities

Let us help you

Contact Brooke Ziebell if you have any question about this program.

Brooke Ziebell
Community Food Programs Manager
416-363-6441 x248

Program Lead

Brooke Ziebell // Community Food Programs Manager

Pronouns: she/her/hers Brooke moved from Australia and joined the FoodShare team in 2009 - perfectly timing her arrival with an emerging local food movement and rapidly increasing public awareness of the importance of good food education. Immediately caught up in the buzz around food literacy, Brooke soon realized her joy was developing and implementing fun, hands-on food workshops and events...see full bio