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From the Food Marketing Institute:

" A new study conducted by the FMI Foundation shows that Americans are using family meals to stay strong – physically and emotionally – during the global pandemic; and they plan to continue this positive practice when the world returns to a new normal. As the nation observes National Family Meals Month in September, this news underscores the proven scientific benefits of sharing meals."

David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation, points out that a new study from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior " demonstrated the undeniable value of family meals … It showed that more frequent family meals were associated with better dietary and family functioning outcomes."

Some stats from the study:

•  "It revealed that as a result of the global pandemic, Americans are cooking more and having more family meals.  An incredible 94% say they are cooking the same amount or more than before the pandemic.  And three-quarters of Americans report they are having the same amount or more family meals – both in-person and virtually."

•  "It confirmed that family meals keep us connected.  Seventy-one percent (71%) of people who have been eating more in-person meals (and 70% having more virtual meals) agree that 'I feel more connected to my family since the pandemic has started'."

•  "It also showed that people appreciate the emotional benefits from breaking bread together.  The preponderance of Americans – 78% -- have positive sentiments about family meals such as: 'they are a high point of my day,' or 'they help to make me feel calm' or 'they are an important part of my household’s regular routine'."