National Family Meals Month Gets Big Boost From ShopRite Dietitians and ShopRite Kitchen prepared foods.

ShopRite is joining forces with The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation to bring families back to the dinner table --- one healthy meal at a time.

FMI Foundation’s National Family Meals Month in September is a month-long campaign that encourages consumers to turn to their local supermarket for help in preparing at least one more family meal per week at home.

And ShopRite stores and our large corps of retail dietitians are taking up that theme – raising their own (oven) Mitts to Commit to One More Family Meal Per Week.

“With 112 retail dietitians serving our stores, ShopRite is well positioned to help families commit to sitting down at home for one more family meal each week. And our store dietitians are experts who can help make family meal planning easy, healthy and meaningful all year long,” said Melanie Dwornik, ShopRite Dietitian and Culinary Nutrition Supervisor.

And sharing meals together does have real benefits. Studies show that regular family meals contribute to the health of the entire family and are linked in children to higher grades in school, healthier eating habits and weights and less risky behavior.

Look to our ShopRite stores to host a series of events and initiatives during September and all year long. Programs will include cooking classes for adults and children, in-store food demos, healthy Family Meals recipes and meal solutions in our ShopRite Kitchen prepared food section.

And make sure to check out ShopRite’s Facebook page as we feature our associates, customers and retail dietitians raising their oven Mitts to Commit to Family Meals during September!

“Our trained ShopRite dietitians already help associates and customers make informed decisions about how to choose the right foods to meet their wellness goals. They are a great resource and the Family Meals Campaign is just another way to tap that resource to help families,” added Ms. Dwornik.

"We rely on partners like ShopRite to help make our Family Meals campaign a success. Our members are doing more than ever to inspire and support home cooking, from quick dinner solutions, cooking classes and nutrition advice, to shortcuts like pre-prepped ingredients and freshly prepared entrees," noted Cathy Polley, FMI Foundation’s executive director and FMI vice president of health and wellness.

Cooked in our ShopRite stores, our prepared foods and ShopRite Kitchen brand meals make it easy for consumers to eat dinner with their family at home while eliminating the time it takes to make a home-cooked meal.

“Our customers can take home London broil, a ShopRite Kitchen Rotisserie chicken or salmon that’s already cooked,” said Joe Gozzi, director of ShopRite Kitchen. “People can come into our stores and put a hot meal together for their families.  ShopRite Kitchen is all about making it easier for families to have fresh cooked meals made from clean ingredients.”