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Office of P-20 Education Policy
Child Nutrition Program Administration
89 Washington Avenue, Room 375 EBA, Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 473-8781 Fax: (518) 473-0018

School Food Service Directors/Managers
Child Nutrition Program Administration
Friday, September 15, 2023
Big Apple Crunch: October 26, 2023

In partnership with the FarmOn! Foundation, the New York State Education Department (SED) Child Nutrition Program Office invites schools to take part in the Big Apple Crunch on October 26, 2023. 

The Big Apple Crunch takes place in October of each year, inviting New Yorkers to take a bite out of an apple grown in New York to celebrate the apple harvest and to inspire us all to Eat Local.  

Join SED in fostering farm-to-school connections by participating in your own Big Apple Crunch!

SFAs that cannot participate in the Big Apple Crunch on October 26th may choose any day in October to celebrate.

More information and resources on the Big Apple Crunch can be found at the FarmOn! Foundation Website

Participating in the Big Apple Crunch? Let us know! (optional) 

SED would like to recognize and highlight the SFAs participating in and hosting a Crunch.   

Let us know the date of your Big Apple Crunch and be sure to send your Crunch pictures to . SED may feature your SFA on the CN Spotlight or our Farm to School Page.

Posting on social media? Be sure to include the #BigAppleCrunch and #CrunchChallenge hashtags when posting to your school’s social media account and tag the New York State Education Department.

Big Apple Crunch Banners 

SED is offering FREE Big Apple Crunch Banners to School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the Crunch.

Banners must be ordered by October 1, 2023, by completing this form and emailing to

Please contact with any questions.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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