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September - National Family Meals Month

By: Jessie Kuhn | Staff Writer
On: September 02, 2016

We couldn’t be more excited about September’s arrival as it’s National Family Meals Month™, which aims to inspire families to eat at home together more often. The goal is simple: challenge families to share one more meal together per week.

This couldn’t be better timed. With summer winding down and the new school year in full swing (as well as all of the activities that come with it), you may find that your family has less and less time to all sit together to share a meal. We get it—life is busy and can be a bit of a circus as activities pull people in different directions and away from the dinner table. According to a Harris Poll, only 30% of American families share dinner every night.

We learned from our friends at the Food Marketing Institute that “numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic, and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family. Home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories. Additionally, 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 less risky behavior.”

With all of these things in mind, we’ve decided to celebrate National Family Meals Month. But we want to make it as easy as possible for you to join this nationwide movement. In September’s Market Report, we’ve highlighted our What’s for Dinner program, which we initiated earlier in the year with a goal to quicken meal prep for busy families. These hacks offer recipes where DLM has tackled some of the prep for you to get dinner on the table fast for your busy family. View all our Dinner Hacks at DorothyLane.com/WhatsForDinner.

Then, there’s the versatile DLM Rotisserie Chicken. It’s cooked to perfection and ready when you are. DLM’s Chef Carrie offers up some of her favorite meal ideas where she uses a DLM Rotisserie Chicken, page 4, to quicken the meal prep. These recipes will not only bring something new to your table, but are easy to bring to life.

With all of these creative meal ideas, we hope that you’ll be inspired to take part in the National Family Meals Month momentum. We’ll see you at the dinner table!

Raise Your Mitt to Commit

In honor of National Family Meals Month, families across the country are challenged to enjoy one more family meal together per week. Share your own experience using the hashtag #FamilyMealsMonth to be part of the nationwide conversation. Tag us, too!