Thank you apple crunchers! On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 thousands of Marylanders Heard the Maryland Crunch! Students, teachers, legislators, and community members all took a bite into a juicy apple, to help raise awareness of the important role that school breakfast plays in ensuring children have access to healthy food.
Held during National School Breakfast Week, Hear the Maryland Crunch highlights the importance of the School Breakfast Program in ensuring that all children get a healthy start to their day.
A very special thanks to everyone who participated, including the following apples of our eye
Baltimore City Council, Baltimore City Public Schools, Bryant Woods Elementary, Caroline County Public Schools, Catholic Charities, Center of Applied Technology North, Center for a Livable Future, Colonel Richardson Middle School, Community Action Council of Howard County, Crisfield Academy & High School, Delegate Angela Angel, Delegate Shelly Hettleman, Delegate Mary Washington, Denton Elementary, Emanuel Child Development Center, Family League of Baltimore, Form Plastics, Greenwood Elementary School, Lockerman Middle School, Loyola CCSJ, Maryland Farmers Market Association, Maryland State Delegation, North Caroline High School, Paul’s Place, Pinewood Resident Council, Preston Elementary School, Prince George’s County Food Equity Council, Princess Anne Elementary School, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Ridgely Elementary School, School Nutrition Association, Senator Rich Madaleno, Southern Maryland Food Bank and Outreach Services, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Talbot County Health Department, and the United Way of the National Capital Area.
Resources to Help Celebrate Hear the Maryland Crunch!
- Morning announcement scripts for schools to celebrate Hear the Maryland Crunch and National School Breakfast Week for elementary schools and secondary schools.
- Letter from school to parents about the event (MS Word).
- Healthy breakfast lesson plans (pdf) for teachers and parents.
- Healthy Breakfast bingo game (pdf).
- Apple coloring sheet (pdf) for young children.
- Bookmarks to color (pdf).
- Sample tweets (MS Word).
- Sign (pdf).
- Graphics and images for Hear the Maryland Crunch! (MS Word).
- Hear the Crunch video for schools (Youtube).
- Hear the Crunch video for high schools (Youtube).
- Learn more about the research that supports Breakfast for Learning (pdf) and Breakfast for Health (pdf).
Lesson on hunger and food insecurity (in partnership with Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future).
Here are Some More Ways to Make Sure All Students Have Access to School Breakfast:
- Encourage schools to serve breakfast after the start of the school day to ensure that all students have access to it. Learn more…
- Email Governor Hogan and email your state legislators to urge their support for policies and programs such as full funding for the Maryland Meals for Achievement program.
- See if your local schools are eligible to participate in Maryland Meals for Achievement – state funding for breakfast in the classroom, or the Community Eligibility Provision – federal funding that creates Hunger-Free Schools.
Hear the Maryland Crunch In the News
- Marc Steiner Radio Show, “Sound Bites: Hear the Maryland Crunch!”
- School breakfast radio program on WYPR.
- Video on food insecurity and Hear the Maryland Crunch.
- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Hear the Maryland Crunch! See additional video here.
- U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen on Hear the Maryland Crunch!
- University of Maryland Extension Helps to “Crunch” Childhood Hunger.
- Food Day Blog Did You… Hear the Maryland Crunch?
- Capital Area Food Bank Blog How Do You Like Them Apples?
- Public News Service Maryland Day: Crunch Heard Around the State.
- William Paca Elementary School press release and alert and video.
- Caroline County Public Schools page and article.
- Harford County Schools.
- Princess Anne Elementary School.
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