Family, Food & Fun! Join us for The Family Dinner Project on October 14

The Family Dinner Project is a growing movement of food, fun and conversation about things that matter.

Over the past 15 years, research has shown what parents have known for a long time: Sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviors that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders and depression. We also believe in the power of family dinners to nourish ethical thinking.

The Family Dinner Project was introduced last October to the Summit Area YMCA with the help of the Togetherhood Committee in an effort to establish a venue for families to join together for a meal and meaningful conversation. Twenty people attended the event with the help of 15 additional volunteers! To start, each family made homemade guacamole at their tables and then enjoyed dinner with a taco bar and all the trimmings.  After dinner, children made a yummy strawberry short cake while adults were engaged in a discussion lead by Cindil Reddick the program manager from The Family dinner project. She discussed ways to make family dinners more engaging and meaningful in today’s busy world.

This year we will be holding the second family dinner project at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit. This event is open to YMCA Members, Central Presbyterian Church Members and families in the community! 

Together, families will figure out the resources needed – like tips for setting dinnertime goals, overcoming obstacles such as conflicting schedules and engaging everyone in meaningful conversation – to improve the frequency and quality of their mealtime interaction. Take home all of the tools needed to improve your family dinner times together.

Space is limited so click the link below to register or call the Member Services Desk 908-273-3330.


Sunday, October 14, 2018
WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church (Directions)
TIME: 4:30-6:30 PM

*This Program is brought to you by the Togetherhood Committee at the Summit Area YMCA

For specific information about the event or to volunteer, please contact:

Patty Facchinei
(908)273-3330 Ext. 1174