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The Crunch Heard Round the World

Central Ohio Asks Community to Bite an Apple on October 12 at noon for Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Day 

[COLUMBUS-OH] It’s fall; time to leave the gym and do some crunches –apple style. Join Columbus City Council, Franklin County Commissioners, Franklin County Public Health and Ohio Farm to School by taking a bite out of an apple during Fourth Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Day on Thursday, October 12 at noon.

The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is a time to celebrate local farmers and highlight locally grown produce. These groups are biting into Ohio grown apples donated by the Ohio Apple Growers Marketing Program and posting to social media using the hashtag #greatapplecrunch.

The goal is to surpass the one million crunch mark set last year.

“What a wonderful way to bring awareness and access to healthy fruits,” said Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson. “The Local Food Action Plan continues to find ways to meet the growing need of local, healthy food for all of our neighborhoods.”

Columbus City Council presented a resolution to Ohio Farm to School Director Carol Smathers for the work of The Ohio State University Extension’s work in the field.

“Students across central Ohio are now enjoying Ohio-grown apples in their lunches. As kids crunch into local apples together they will also learn more about where their food comes from,” said Smathers.

Columbus YMCA, Columbus City Schools, numerous Franklin County school districts and early child care centers are joining schools, colleges, businesses and organizations across the Great Lakes Region states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in celebrating the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch.

“Supporting healthy eating and education in schools is invaluable for students, families and our communities,” said Joe Mazzola, Health Commissioner, Franklin County Public Health. “By offering programs such as Farm to School and Ohio Days in our schools, we give students, staff and the community easier access to healthy, local and affordable food.”

This crunch collectively encourages healthy eating, highlights local food purchasing and supports farm to school initiatives throughout the Great Lakes Region. The Ohio Apple Growers Marketing Program have donated 6,000 apples to YMCA preschools for this farm to early care and education initiative in Columbus. The apples will be distributed at no charge by Himes Vending.

Groups can participate in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on October 12 (or any date in October) by posting photos of their crunches at #greatapplecrunch.

For more information visit www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch.

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