Mealtime - The Great Family Time!

Make Time For Mealtime!

The Family Tree, Maryland's leading child abuse prevention organization, has launched an important public awareness campaign to coincide with Child Abuse Prevention Month. Its goal is to educate and engage families on the benefits of eating meals together. The initiative, Mealtime - The Great Family Time, is being sponsored by M & T Bank and McCormick & Company.

Did you know that children who eat regular meals with their family:

  • Are 20% less likely to drink, smoke or use illegal drugs
  • Are 40% more likely to get mostly As and Bs in school
  • Have a lower risk of depression, suicide, eating disorders or obesity
  • Have a better sense of identity, belonging and family ties
  • Have a stronger vocabulary

The Mealtime campaign is a multi-media effort that includes issue posters (click here to see the posters) depicting benefits for children; these posters are available in both English and Spanish.  The Family Tree can also provide a simple, quick dinner recipe that parents can take home and prepare with their children.

This campaign is designed to raise public awareness about the critical role parents play in helping their children develop strong, positive relationships and lasting healthy choices that begin with the planning, preparing and sharing a simple family meal. Studies show that families who spend more quality time together with their children are consequently, less likely to have child abuse and neglect in their homes.

Plan a family meal today and encourage your friends to do the same. Click here for more information on Mealtime - The Great Family Time.  Click here to get your own Family Tree Cookbook, Favorite Family Recipes.

Help us spread the word about the importance of this campaign by purchasing posters to hang in your office, store or organization.

To make dinner time fun, try these fun conversation starters for your next mealtime!
Family Table Topics

On April 15, 2009 volunteers and staff held a Family Mealtime event at Union Baptist Church.  Check out the photos below!