National Apple Crunch Day
By Sydney Faustner and Briana Snyder
On October 24th it’s national apple crunch day. Millions of people around the country will crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers. By eating apples frequently we can support the local farmers when grow and harvest the apples. Hundreds of thousands of school students will crunch into an apple at lunch time, joined by Americans at public Food Day events, in corporate cafeterias, and at home.
The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations had Apple Crunches for Food Day 2014.
This day was created to support the idea of eating better and supporting local farmers. If people start eating more apples they’re health will improve and local farmers will have more business to support themselves. After interviewing Junior Kenny Bettuccio he said he’s never heard of apple crunch day. He then said he doesn’t eat as healthy as he’d like too, he also would not add an apple to his diet. Kenny feels that there should be a National Banana day as well as an apple crunch day.