This week, Richmond has been celebrating its second annual Eating Together Week. Numerous events are taking place in Richmond to encourage families to cook, grow food, and eat meals together. According to the event organizers, the Touchstone Family Association (TFA), “families that regularly eat together stay together and have fewer problems.”
Cooking lessons, dinner discounts, family draws, and colouring contests, are just a few of the events happening around town. Other Richmond establishments and restaurants will be participating in their own ways to promote the cause. To name a few, City Center Community Center will host a community meal at the Minoru Pavillion tonight at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Steveston Community Center will host a family dinner on February 26th at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and the Richmond Public Library has a colouring contest for kids.
The goals for Eating Together Week are:
- To heighten family’s awareness of the importance of eating together to foster open, positive family interaction.
- To build awareness of the variety of ways families can enjoy eating in Richmond.
- To help people shop for food wisely.
- To provide education in nutrition, cooking skills and diet.
- To encourage families to feed the body in order to feed the mind.
- To raise funds to provide counselling for families needing support through difficult times.
- To make all Richmond families aware of the assistance available to them through TFA services.
- To reduce incidences of employee absenteeism and increase safety in the workplace by improving relationships at home.
- To provide recognition to participating donors, restaurants, grocery stores who will receive major recognition from our media partners during Family Awareness Week.
Learn more about Eating Together Week.