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  • Sharing the Grocers’ Perspective of SNAP with Congress

    Feb 17, 2017
    Leslie Sarasin SNAP TestimonyThe U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the pros and cons of restricting SNAP food choice. FMI’s President and CEO Leslie Sarasin served as a witness for the hearing and shared the food retailer perspective on the complexity and importance of SNAP. Much of the conversation focused on the challenges with implementing restrictions and the benefits of incentives and education.   
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  • Food Retailers: A Trusted Health and Wellness Partner

    Jan 04, 2017
    Health and Wellness ImageConsumers believe their food retailer is a trusted ally to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. According to 2016 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends research, 45 percent of shoppers say their grocery store is working to help them stay healthy. In addition 89 percent of shoppers believe eating at home is healthier than eating at a restaurant. For these reasons, almost three-quarters of retailers say that consumer wellness and family health is a strategy they use to build a competitive advantage and most say they will use more nutrition, health and retail dietitian programs in the future. 
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  • 2016 for the FMI Foundation Was All About Family Meals and Food Safety

    Jan 04, 2017
    National Family Meals Month In Store in 2016In 2016, the FMI Foundation made huge strides to help Americans eat one more family meal at home each week. September, National Family Meals Month™ transitioned from a social media campaign to a living, breathing campaign alive in stores, on TV, on the radio, and in print and digital advertising.
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  • Randy Edeker and the FMI Foundation Stir It Up! at Midwinter

    Dec 21, 2016
    Stir It UpThe countdown has officially begun for FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference, and so it is time to catch up with Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer for Hy-Vee, Inc. and the chairman of the FMI Foundation Board of Trustees to discuss the new Foundation fundraising event, Stir It Up!
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  • Every Month Should Be National Family Meals Month

    Sep 29, 2016
    Sue Borra and MittyAs we come to the end of the 2nd National Family Meals Month™, I am convinced that encouraging family meals at home should be a year round promotion. Every September, the FMI Foundation will continue to raise awareness about the important role family meals play in our society, but I am hopeful that the movement will steadily gain momentum and we will witness families enjoining one more meal at home every week of the year.
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  • The Family Meals Month Celebration

    Sep 21, 2016
    Festival Foods In Store Example of Family Meals MonthEvery day in September has been a real treat because my daily emails are full of new and exciting National Family Meals Month™ stories.  It’s clear that grocery stores are coming up with creative ways to join in on Family Meals Month and that the movement has transitioned from mainly a social media discussion to promotions and activities playing out in-store. At the same time, the Dietitian community has joined in to echo the benefits of eating together for families of all shapes and sizes. As the Family Meals Month messages continue to crescendo, here are a few examples of how companies and people are taking part
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  • A Special Plate for Special Family Meals

    Sep 13, 2016
    Gold Plate AwardsAt the FMI Foundation, we have our own version of the special plate—the Gold Plate Awards. Since 2013, we’ve been using the Gold Plate Awards to highlight the outstanding programs implemented by the food industry to encourage family meals.  The award recognizes outstanding programs that food retailers and suppliers have implemented to encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often.
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  • National Family Meals Month on Sound Bites Podcast

    Sep 06, 2016
    NFMM-Infographic-1Susan Borra, RD, executive director of the FMI Foundation, participated in a recent edition of Sound Bites, a Podcast hosted by registered dietitian and nutritionist, Melissa Joy Dobbins to talk National Family Meals Month.
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  • The Adventures of Family Meals

    Sep 01, 2016
    Family Meal Around the TableThis September, I invite grocery and supplier companies to celebrate the adventures of family meals as part of National Family Meals Month™. Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger. Food retailers and suppliers across the nation make family meals easier for today’s shoppers, so they can experience the benefits of one more family meal at home each week including hearing adventures of the day. 
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  • September Is All About Family Meals

    Aug 23, 2016
    Sue Borra and Mitty The Mitt

    In many ways, September has become the month where many families reset their routines after summer vacation time. Yes, it’s back to school season, which means busy schedules, but it’s also National Family Meals Month™, a way for retailers and suppliers to help families re-connect around breakfast, lunch or dinner. This retail food industry-wide movement, celebrated in September, raises awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals and encourages families of all shapes and sizes to share one more meal together each week. 

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