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**MEDIA ADVISORY**

For Immediate Release:

Healthy Eating, One Bite At A Time

Belding Area Schools has teamed up with other schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio on Thursday, October 13, 2016 for The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch to break the record for most people simultaneously crunching an apple.     Currently, there are just under 1 million people registered to crunch!  This annual event built on the hundreds of schools, school districts, non-profits, state agencies and institutions that participated in the Crunch last year. The premise: at 12pm central time (1pm eastern time) on October 213th the Great Lakes states will crunch into delicious regionally grown apples to celebrate National Farm to School Month.

Belding Middle School and High School students & staff will gather at Rudness Football stadium at 12:45 pm.  The score board will count down to 1pm, EST – The Big Crunch time.  The festivities at the football field will be live-streamed to classrooms at Ellis Elementary and Woodview Elementary.  This year the festivities will include a visit from Maranda’s crew from tv’s “Marana Where You Live,” School Nutrition Programs Director Howard Leikert and Kendra Wills from MSU extension.  We will also have a tribute to four of our local farmers.

  • Tracy Nelson, Belding Area Schools Food Service Director and event coordinator says “Apple Crunch Day allows us to connect to our agricultural bounty, build support for local food, strengthen our regional economy and recognize the benefit of eating whole, fresh, nutritious fruit!  We want the students to see the tree to tray connection.”  The apples were purchased for each student and each school staff member from BelleHarvest.  BelleHarvest is located in Belding, MI, the “Apple Capitol of Michigan.”  “Educating students about local foods and healthy snacking are cornerstones of Chartwells contributions to the school districts and communities we serve.  Chartwells is proud to be a partner in The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Day,” says Chartwells Regional Vice President Brian Casey.