CORNWALL, Ontario - On Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, M&M Meat Shops will once again encourage Canadians to take time out of their busy schedules and honour the tradition of the family dinner.
Canadians’ lives have never been busier; setting aside quality time for family and friends is a challenge, however, the importance of family dinners reaches far beyond simply sharing a meal together.
Gathering together around the dinner table presents a valuable opportunity to connect with those that matter most — parents, children, brothers, sisters, partners and friends. It’s an opportunity to interact, strengthen relationships and affirm the value of each family member, while sharing a delicious meal.
"Todayeverybody is running from place to place, kids are in after-school programs - and one of the only things left is the traditional family dinner," said Derrick Cayer, owner of the M&M Meats franchise in Cornwall. "It's important to reconnect and spend some time quality time together."
A recent national study completed for M&M Meat Shops reveals that fewer families than ever before are making family meal time part of their daily lives. Nearly 10 per cent of Canadians say that they never have dinner with their partner or their family*, and fewer than 40 per cent sit down with their family for a daily meal.
Only 33 per cent of Canadians aged 18-34 regularly take part in a family dinner night. Why the generational shift? Our increasingly busy lives are a big obstacle — almost 80 per cent of survey respondents indicated that a less busy schedule would help them better enjoy family dinners.
“It’s not a surprise that Canadians aren’t as likely as they once were to sit down to a traditional, nightly, family dinner,” says Mac Voisin, founder of M&M Meat Shops. “Canadians are busier than ever before and with so many responsibilities it can be hard to find quality family time. National Family Dinner Night encourages families and friends to take time out of their busy schedules and reconnect over a meal.”
About National Family Dinner Night
M&M Meat Shops’ National Family Dinner Night has been bringing families together for the past eight years. This annual event has gained tremendous support from families, community leaders and dignitaries across the country.
This year, in addition to encouraging everyone to enjoy a family meal, M&M Meat Shops is challenging Canadians to share their own family-favourite recipes that feature M&M Meat Shops’ products. From Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, Canadians can submit their recipes on the M&M Meat Shops Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win one of three prizes of a $100 M&M Gift Card. Winners will be selected by a panel of M&M food and recipe experts and the winning recipes will be featured on www.mmmeatshops.com.