The Family Dinner Project

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. 

The Cape and Islands United Way is proud to partner with the Family Dinner Project to help families come together to share their experiences and insights – to help each other realize the benefits of family dinners.

The Family Dinner project is part of Strong from the Start, a platform of programs and activities designed to reduce the achievement gap, create an ecosystem of care and connection for parents of young children, and promote positive social and emotional development of children ages 0 to 3.

Make your own family fun!
Think outside the traditional family box.

A "family" can be defined in many ways. Yours might be the family living in your household, your work family, a family of people with whom you socialize. We encourage you gather YOUR family and try our some recipes, take a "fun break" together, and spark a thoughtful conversation.

We've collected five recipes, conversation starters and dinner time games you can do with your own family. Just click on what interests you and download a printable card.  You will also find lots more

Butternut Squash & Pear Soup
Half Veggie Burgers
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Flank Steak Fajitas
Pancakes for Dinner
Baked Chicken Parmesan


1600 Falmouth Road, Unit 25
P.O. Box 367

Centerville, MA 02632

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