People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Making family meals happen can be tough under the best of circumstances, but COVID-19 has added a whole new layer of challenges to family meals.  The pressures confronting each family may differ, but here are some of the latest and greatest resources to help you and your family make your time around the dinner table count!

We know that family meals feed our mind, body, and soul. And never before have our minds, bodies and souls needed more nurturing. No entity recognizes this more than the food retail industry.

Certainly these are not typical times, but rather uncharted territory for all of us. As our grocers and food manufacturers work overtime to keep us fed and safe, we are asked to stay home. Some of us are spending an increased amount of time (and meals!) with family members. Others are home by themselves. 

Not only are family meals good for us, but they can serve as a great unifier during uncertain periods. No doubt your family meals are looking different these days. Either a LOT more of them each day and week - or a complete lack of them due to social distancing (video dinner party anyone?!) The challenge is how to tap into the healing powers of family meals without having to stress about pulling them off. The FMI Foundation and our expert partners have your back with tips....
As National Family Meals Month™ is observed for the sixth year in a row this September, celebrated chef and culinary personality Robert Irvine adds his star power to the FMI Foundation’s campaign to encourage Americans to strive for just one more family meal per week at home.  Irvine is the latest luminary to join approximately 230 partners – food retailers, suppliers, collaborators, media and celebrities – who are supporting consumers in making family meals a reality and, in turn, helping them reap the physical, social and psychological benefits of doing so.

Recognized for his tough-love tactics on top Food Network shows Restaurant: Impossible, Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, Irvine has become a significant advocate for promoting the importance of family meals.  This year, Irvine published a new book called Family Table By Robert Irvine in which he shares insight about how to create strong family bonds by coming together in the kitchen and at the table based on his personal family experiences.  In it, he highlights more than 70 of his all-time favorite family-style recipes.

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Regular family meals are linked to the kinds of outcomes that we all want for our children: higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weights, and less risky behavior.

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SPOTLIGHT: Celebrating Family Meals


We're shining a light on our grocery store and brand partners that are celebrating the power of family meals and helping families of all shapes and sizes gather around the table.  

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