Canadians urged to enjoy family dinner

Press Release

This Thursday (Sept. 16), M&M Meat Shops is encouraging Canadians to take time out of their busy schedules to participate in the sixth-annual National Family Dinner Night that celebrates what matters most: spending quality time with family and friends.
The importance of family dinners reaches far beyond simply sharing a meal together.
Research shows that gathering around the table presents a valuable opportunity to interact, strengthen relationships, and affirm the value of every individual in the family and their role in their community.
Launched in 2004, this phenomenal program has touched the hearts and minds of families, community leaders, and dignitaries from coast-to-coast.
MPs, premiers, mayors, city councils, and even the prime minister and governor general have proclaimed their support for this national at-home event.
National Family Dinner Night attracts tremendous public and charitable support every year, and has contributed significantly to the more than $20 million M&M Meat Shops has raised for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC).
This year, M&M Meat Shops urges everyone in Canada to register their participation and demonstrate the importance of getting together with the people who matter most in their lives.
Register your participation and share your story.
For everyone who registers their pledge to participate in National Family Dinner Night at www.nationalfamilydinnernight.com, M&M Meat Shops will make a $1 donation to the CCFC, up to a maximum of $100,000.
And new this year, everyone is invited to share their favourite family recipe or family dinner memory for a chance to win $250 in M&M Meat Shops gift cards.
To enter, visit www.nationalfamilydinnernight.com (the contest closes Sept. 16).
M&M Meat Shops National Family Dinner Night research shows that many Canadians believe that sitting down for dinner helps bond families closer together.
To make your family meal more enjoyable:
•make your family a priority during meals;
•turn off cell phones and TVs, and remove distractions;
•introduce ideas and share current events;
•talk about your community; and
•allow your children to express their opinions and encourage their independence.