In an effort to bring families together for more meals, Giant Food Stores and ShopRite have come up with programs supporting the FMI Foundation Family Meals campaign. Created by the FMI Foundation in 2015 on behalf of the nation’s food retailers, the goal of National Family Meals Month is to encourage families to enjoy at least one more meal together each week.
“Families are always juggling busy schedules and struggling to put a nutritious meal on the table—and Giant can help,” said Matt Simon, Giant VP of marketing. “We believe that bringing families together around the table strengthens the bonds that make up a healthy community.”
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that kids who eat meals with their families four times a week or more earn better test scores and succeed in school. Family meals also fuel better nutrition; families who share three meals a week increase their healthy foods consumption by more than 24 percent, according to research gathered by FMI.
Throughout the fall, Giant nutritionists are highlighting easy meal solutions in store and in the community, including ideas for eating healthy on a budget, while inspiring families to bring everyone together for one more family meal. Wellness Walks, conducted by Giant nutritionists, share how families can capture the “power” with tips for easy-to-prepare dinners, ready-to-eat choices to help save time and fresh ideas to make mealtime fun.
Family meal ideas are featured in Giant’s weekly circular, while its digital app has personalized meals deals and money-saving coupons.
At ShopRite, the campaign leverages the company’s entire team of corporate and in-store dietitians, who serve more than 140 stores in the Tri-State area.
The dietitians will host free food demonstrations, classes and events, as well as distribute free recipe cookbooks during September.
“Here at ShopRite, we believe that mealtime is family time and that there is power and value in sharing family meals,” said Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, director of health and wellness. “Study after study has shown that families that make time to dine together are happier and healthier. It doesn’t just benefit the individual. Family meals benefit our community as a whole.”
ShopRite is offering four chef-inspired, dietitian-approved meal kits. Each ShopRite Kitchen Limited Edition Meal Kit serves two and retails for $11.99. Available entrees are: Smoked Chicken Thighs with Korean Broccoli & Cauliflower; Grilled Chicken Breast with Couscous & Vegetables Bruschetta; Turkey Meatloaf with Sautéed Spinach & Butternut Squash; and Smoked Chicken Breast With Roasted Vegetables & Wheat Berry Feta Salad.
“Providing our shoppers with healthy, affordable and time-saving resources has always been a priority at ShopRite,” Menza-Crowe said. “We are honored to take part in this campaign spearheaded by our partners at FMI, and we look forward to talking to our customers about the many benefits of sharing nutritious family meals.”