Recognizing Excellence in Family Meals

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Recognizing Excellence in Family Meals

By Cathy Polley, R.Ph. - 09/01/2015

Cathy Polley, RPh, Vice President, Health & Wellness, FMI & Executive Director, FMI Foundation
This September marked the first annual National Family Meals Month™ and the FMI Foundation celebrated in a big way. We launched a new consumer website,, with meal planning resources and recipes to help shoppers commit to one more family meal at home each week. The website highlights participating food retailers and manufactures while curating social media content to highlight the energy and excitement around this movement.

We also celebrated by recognizing food retailers and manufacturers with outstanding programs that promote family meals. During a reception on Capitol Hill that featured recipes from supermarket chefs, we honored our Gold Plate Award winners. Here are a few photos from the event.

The FMI Foundation presents Gold Plate Awards annually to food retailers and manufacturers with outstanding programs that encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often.

House Agriculture Chairman Congressman Michael Conaway (R-TX-11) shares, "good things happen during family meal time" at a reception for National Family Meals Month.

Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, presents Katie Swartz from Acme Fresh Market with the Gold Plate Award for their The Surprising Power of Family Meals! Acme Fresh Market has been feeding the families of their community for over 120 years and uses the understanding that family is the center of their grocery business in their family meals program.

Leslie Sarasin awards Price Chopper's Ellie Wilson the Gold Plate Award for their Family Mealtimes Matter program. Launched in 2008, the program began as a collaborative effort with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators and seeks to encourage healthier habits that are consistent with USDA and Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and facilitate usage of the NuVal Nutrition Scoring system at Price Chopper.

Leslie Sarasin awards Shirley Axe of Ahold USA the Gold Plate Award for the Savory: Fast, Fresh and Easy™, an exciting new meal platform developed to help their customers save time and money while eating well.

On behalf of Mars' Ben's Beginners™ program Shannon Campagna accepts the Gold Plate Award from Leslie Sarasin. Ben's Beginners™, a national program from the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand, is dedicated to helping children develop healthier eating habits by learning how to cook.

Learn more about National Family Meals Month and how you can join the movement for next year at