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Home for Dinner by Michael Thompson, Anne K. Fishel

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Lessons Learned from The Family Dinner Project

The Family Dinner Project is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to helping families use dinner as an opportunity to connect with one another through “food, fun, and conversation about things that matter.”1 Inspired by the scientific research about the benefits demonstrated among families who eat together, The Family Dinner Project’s mission is to make it easier for more families to reap these benefits.

In 2010, a group of men and women from a variety of backgrounds—all of whom shared a belief in the power of family dinners—started to meet monthly. Our professional backgrounds included education, family therapy, research, design, social work, communication, marketing, and food.2 Some of us were experienced ...

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