Hear the Maryland Crunch!
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, more than 800,000 Marylanders crunched an apple together to spread the word that every child in Maryland should have access to a healthy breakfast.
In 2014, over 162,546 Marylanders participated in the first annual Hear the Maryland Crunch event.
Will You Hear the Maryland Crunch?
...because about one in six Marylanders don’t have enough money to buy the food they need.
...because we believe that all children (pdf) in Maryland need to start their day with a healthy breakfast.
...because we know that children who eat a healthy breakfast:
- perform better in school
- are less likely to be overweight (pdf)
- are less likely to be absent from or late to school (pdf).
Learn more about the:
- School Breakfast Program.
- Benefits of a healthy breakfast for students (pdf).
- Breakfast in the Classroom program.
- Community Eligibility Provision and how it creates “Hunger-Free Schools.”
Resources to Help Make Your Event Extra Crunchy
- Participate in the "Hear the Crunch" photo contest.
- Download the photo contest flyer (pdf).
- Download signs for photo booth (pdf).
- Download Poster (pdf).
- Flyer for Hear the Maryland Crunch! (pdf)
- Morning announcement scripts for schools
- Letter from school to parents about the event (in English and Spanish) (MSWord document)
- Healthy Breakfast Bingo (pdf)
- Healthy breakfast lesson plans (pdf) for teachers and parents.
- Apple coloring sheet (pdf) for young children.
How can we ensure that every child in Maryland has access to a healthy breakfast?
- Encourage your local schools to serve school breakfast as part of the school day. Read more about this research-based strategy.
- See if your local schools are eligible to use Community Eligibility to become a Hunger-Free School. See this list of eligible schools (pdf).
Hear the Maryland Crunch In the News
- Press Release
- The Baltimore Sun
- The University of Maryland Extension article
- Food Day blog post on Hear the Maryland Crunch!
- Did You...Hear the Maryland Crunch? Food Day blog post
- Blog post by Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas.
- Blog post at Technicolordining
- Blog post by the Capital Area Food Bank
- Public News Service radio story
- The Prince George's Sentinel
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