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Take a Bite for Apple Crunch Day at UTEP

Last Updated on October 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Originally published October 23, 2017

By University Communications

UTEP Communications

The sound of tree leaves crunching underfoot may be weeks away, but UTEP students, faculty and staff will hear plenty of crunching on Tuesday, Oct. 24 on campus.

Apple Crunch Day at UTEP flyer

A thousand apples will be given away that day at Leech Grove thanks to Lowe’s supermarkets, which donated the apples. The apples will be given away on a first come, first served basis starting at 10 a.m. until the supply runs out. 

Apple Crunch Day is a national campaign that started in New York City in 2012 that encourages Americans to change their diets and food policies. Apple Crunch Day will continue this year with thousands of people around the country “taking a bite” in support of healthy, affordable, and sustainable local food.

The UTEP community is encouraged to participate in Apple Crunch Day by taking photos of themselves biting into apples and then posting them to the UTEP Apple Crunch Day Facebook Event page anytime between now and Tuesday, Oct. 24 using #AppleCrunchDayUTEP. Creativity is encouraged. A “Sleeping Beauty” or an Isaac Newton theme are just two of the many possibilities that could be used in photos.

“For people in our region to be healthy, they need access to nutritious, affordable and appetizing food," said Leah Whigham, Ph.D., executive director and associate professor with the Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) at UTEP. "Apple Crunch Day brings awareness about the importance of these interconnected concepts within our food system.” IHL is coordinating Apple Crunch Day events throughout the Paso del Norte region as part of National Food Day 2017. The event unites the local food movement in El Paso and southern New Mexico with a national campaign to inspire Americans to change their diets and food policies.

El Paso began participating in Food Day’s Apple Crunch in 2015 at both the Downtown Artist and Farmer’s Market and El Paso Public Libraries through an initiative started by the El Paso True Food Buying Club (True Food). This year, the IHL is helping to scale up the event to include UTEP; elementary schools in the El Paso Independent School District, Ysleta Independent School District, Las Cruces Public Schools, and Western Hills Academy; as well as Lowe’s Supermarkets and The Heal Alliance’s Food Systems Council.

Adriana Clowe, director of operations with True Food, and co-chair of the coalition said, “We hope bringing this event to the region not only helps raise awareness about a range of issues surrounding local food systems and sustainability, but will act as a catalyst to create more momentum in the local food movement with a series of yearlong events, educational opportunities, and eventual policy changes in our region to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference to our local producers and community.”