The folks at Welch’s recently conducted a survey looking at family meal time, which they compiled in the Welch’s Kitchen Table Report. They found that 71 percent of respondents say their families eat dinner together as often as or more than their families did when they were kids.
Over 70 percent of American families use the kitchen table as a place for catching up as a family, playing games, doing homework, or arts and crafts. In fact, 84 percent said that one of their favorite parts of the day is when their family eats together. Nearly 80 percent of respondents say they use their kitchen table for at least eight separate activities together as a family with 94 percent enjoying a family dinner at the table.
Family mealtime serves as the hub of family life with the kitchen table at its core. According to the Kitchen Table Report:
- 75 percent of families eat most meals and snacks in the kitchen.
- 18 percent of parents saying they eat at the couch.
- 3 percent of families say they eat in the car on the go.
- 3 percent of families say they eat in a restaurant or fast food chain.
Families still face challenges
Despite all this good news, families still face challenges since 40 percent of the survey respondents cited the lack of time to cook meals, especially healthy meals, as a top barrier to family mealtimes. The same number cites busy schedules as another reason it is difficult to eat meals together as a family.
That’s why Welch’s put together a Family Mealtime Moments Toolkit that includes family-friendly meal plans, tips on how to help create more family mealtime moments, heart-healthy recipes featuring Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes, and meal makeovers. To learn more about it and Welch’s Kitchen Table Report, visit Welchs.com/KitchenTableReport.
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Disclosure: I was provided with two packs of coupons – one to facilitate this review and another to give away. All opinions and experiences are my own.