Recipients educate shoppers about the importance of family meals for mental health, physical health and emotional well-being.

Arlington, Va. (Dec. 14, 2022) – The FMI Foundation today announced the 2022 Gold Plate Awards recipients during a livestreamed Gold Plate Awards Celebration, co-hosted by FMI Foundation Executive Director David Fikes and FMI Digital Communications Director Kelli Windsor. The Gold Plate Awards highlight outstanding family meal programs implemented by the food industry and community organizations.

In addition to awarding a commemorative plate, this year, the FMI Foundation paid special attention to programs that connect family meals and mental health benefits by awarding a Blue Ribbon.

“Our partner organizations make the Family Meals Movement possible,” said Fikes. “This year, we are showcasing the people who make food retail, supplier and community family meals programs stand out. Our live Gold Plate Awards ceremony is our way of saying thank you to all those who champion the importance of family meals.”  

“The recipients of the 2022 Gold Plate Awards represent a collective industry effort to help families stay strong with family meals,” said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin. “I’m particularly proud of the programs that went the extra mile to connect the importance of family meals, however one defines family, to mental health. Through creative messages, in-store promotion and innovative employee engagement, the passion for the Family Meals Movement is just one way our industry stands out.”  

Details about each recipient are available at


Martin’s Super Markets, Inc. for its “Be A Family Meal Champ” program.


SpartanNash Company for its “Our Family, Building Strong Families” program.


Hy-Vee, Inc., for its special events that infused National Family Meals Month™ messaging with the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.


Pure Flavor® for its “Eat Well Together to Be Well Together” program.

  • Brookshire Grocery Company
  • ButcherBox
  • Skogen’s Festival Foods
  • Merchants Distributors, LLC
  • Rouses Markets
  • Weis Markets, Inc.

Organizations that effectively connected family meals to mental health benefits in their family meals programs.

  • ButcherBox
  • Coborn’s, Inc.
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Martin’s Super Markets, Inc.
  • Pure Flavor®
  • Rouses Markets
  • SpartanNash Company
  • Tops Markets
  • Weis Markets, Inc.

For Media: View the full recording of the ceremony on FMI’s YouTube channel.


About the FMI Foundation

Established in 1996, the FMI Foundation seeks to ensure continued quality and efficiency in the food retailing system and is operated for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. To help support the role of food retailing, the FMI Foundation focuses on research, education and resources in the area of health and well-being, which includes food safety, nutrition and social responsibility considerations. For information regarding the FMI Foundation, visit