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Touchstone wants families to eat together

“If we have healthy families, we have healthy communites,” says Touchstone’s executive director Michael McCoy. - Bhreandáin Clugston photo
“If we have healthy families, we have healthy communites,” says Touchstone’s executive director Michael McCoy.
— image credit: Bhreandáin Clugston photo

The family that eats together, stays together.

So hopes Touchstone Family Association, which on Thursday launched its second annual Eating Together Campaign.

According to Touchstone Family Association, research has shown that families who regularly eat together stay together and have fewer problems.

“If we have healthy families, we have healthy communites,” Touchstone’s executive director Michael McCoy said at Thursday’s launch, held at AutoWest BMW in Richmond.

With this in mind, the association launched the Eating Together Campaign last year, which raised awareness of the benefits of families eating together.

The campaign was a success and returns this year from Feb. 19 to 26. Activities includes community meals at various Richmond community centres and cooking classes conducted by restaurant chefs, among other events.

The Eating Together Campaign will help raise funds for Touchstone’s Front Porch Project, which provides families in need with counselling services.

With many families reluctant to go through public channels to seek help, the Front Porch Project provides a direct line to counselling. At the moment, there is a waiting list, because Touchstone can only afford 15 hours of counselling per week. The project needs $100,000 per year to be run full-time.

“There’s very few acceptable barrier-free services for families,” McCoy said about Touchstone’s decision to start the Front Porch Project.

“We believe it that is much easier ad much better and much healthier to keep a family together than to try and put a family back together again.”

Among this year’s Eating Together events are:

•Touchstone will be offering four cooking classes from local chefs at the Garratt Wellness Centre. The fee is $15, with proceeds going to the Front Porch Project. Parcticipating chefs are Ian Lai on Feb. 10, Kevin Turner on Feb. 20, Ken Iaci on Feb. 21 and Daryle Nagata on Feb. 23.

•The Eating Together Kick-Off Breakfast takes place at Thompson Community Centre on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The pancake breakfast will be served by the Richmond Fire Fighters.

•Chef Ian Lai will lead a class in the basics of making yeast and quick breads. A group meal of soup and bread rounds out this hands-on class. Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Terra Nova Park.

•Enjoy a family dinner at the Hamilton Community Centre (5140 Smith Dr.) on Feb. 23, starting at 6 p.m.

•Cambie Community Centre hosts an Eating Together breakfast on Feb. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

•The Eating Together wrap-up dinner takes place at Steveston Community Centre on Feb. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Eating Together, see eatingtogether.ca.

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