1 Million Crunches for Food Literacy

"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.

We’ve been thrilled to see so many communities of all kinds take the Great Big Crunch on themselves — and we encourage you to do the same! One such community is the Coalition for Healthy School Food. You can visit their website for additional resources, or register for their 2022 Great Big Crunch.

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Latest Resources

2022 Great Big Crunch Educator Toolkit: The Right to Food

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

DOWNLOAD: 2021 Great Big Crunch Educator Toolkit: Spotlight on Migrant Farmworkers

WATCH: "Spotlight on Migrant Workers" panel discussion co-hosted with Justicia for Migrant Workers on March 10, 2021.

Let us help you

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

Brooke Ziebell
Community Food Programs Manager
brooke@foodshare.net
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