News Release
 September 1, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Family Meals Make Families Stronger

(Williamsville, NY) – September is synonymous with back to school which means more time packing lunches, chasing off to practices, and cramming for spelling bees. But what it can ALSO mean is more quality family time around the table. That’s why we celebrate Family Meals Month every September, an important and meaningful time to gather your family around the dinner table, or any table, really, as long as you’re taking that time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with your loved ones.

FMI Foundation studies have shown time and again the significant, measurable scientific proof about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain, and health of all family members. In fact: • Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem. • Children who grow up sharing family meals are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness, and respect. • With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression, and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts. • Adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity. • Increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables. As we gather more frequently around the table, in some instances three times a day as many work and school from home scenarios continue into the 2021-2022 school year, FMI has equipped us with the tools we need to keep the inspiration flowing. From conversation starters and recipe ideas (since we all get meal fatigue!) to creative hacks, and shopping tips, FMI | Stay STRONG Tips is your resource to help keep your family engaged, connected, and nourished - mind, body, and soul. Tops also will continue to provide easy and affordable meal solutions throughout the months of September and October to help during family meals month! Simply visit and be sure to follow us on Instagram for family meal inspirations submitted by families just like yours! About National Family Meals Month National Family Meals Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) works collaboratively with retailers and manufacturers to bring families—from highchair to wheel chair—back to the table to share one more meal at home per week.

The Gold Plate Award In 2019 Tops was the recipient of the Gold Plate Award from FMI. The FMI Foundation created the Gold Plate Award in 2013 to highlight the outstanding programs implemented by the retail food industry to encourage family meals. Examples include healthy family meals, quick and easy family meals and recipes, cooking with kids, themed dinners, breakfast with the family, MyPlate meals, and much more. The award recognizes outstanding programs that food retailers and suppliers have implemented, to encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often. This is the first time Tops has been the recipient of this award, having received honorable mentions in 2017 2018, and 2020. About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 157 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 15,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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