World Food Day #meaningfulmeals Twitter party Oct 16 RSVP

Celebrate World Food Day Connecting With Your Family At Mealtime

Canadian children rank in the bottom half for well-being when compared to other industrialized countries; Making Meals Meaningful program helps parents discuss tough topics that children face everyday


Finding time to connect as a family can be challenging with demanding schedules, long commutes and social media playing a prominent role in people’s lives. October 16th is World Food Day and Canadian families are encouraged to get together at mealtime to talk about their day and important issues impacting children in the world today.

Canadian children rank in the bottom half for well-being when compared to other industrialized countries (17th of 29 countries measured), and Canadian children’s views of their own lives have worsened over the past decade, according to a global report released by UNICEF, Report Card 11.. Among the greatest areas of concern for Canadian children include the high rate of bullying and the lower rate of children aged 15-19 participating in further education.

Making Meals Meaningful, a program developed in partnership with UNICEF Canada and Dr. Karyn Gordon and sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods and Maple Leaf Prime®,, connects families during mealtimes using themed conversation starter cards that parents can use to have engaging, thoughtful conversations with their children about real, hard-to-discuss issues including bullying, social media, peer pressure, and drugs and alcohol.

The Making Meals Meaningful program provides tips, tools and recipes that parents can use to engage their families in meaningful conversations and develop deeper relationships with their children while preparing and sharing meals together. A new deck of conversation starter cards are now available online at A PDF version of the cards can be downloaded for free, and for a limited time, a printed deck of cards is available for a small donation. Proceeds will help UNICEF purchase critical, life-saving food supplies for children all over the world.

Please join Dr. Karyn Gordon and Maple Leaf Prime® Chef Bob Villeneuve for a Twitter Party on October 16 from 8 pm – 9 pm to talk about the Making Meals Meaningful program and to answer your questions. Join the party by following @MapleLeafFoods, @MapleLeafPrime, @UNICEFLive and using the hashtag #meaningfulmeals.


About Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon is one of North America’s leading relationship experts specializing in Gen Y, and her mission is to inspire people to develop exceptional relationships with themselves and others. For 15 years she has provided her expertise through national media. Along with her busy speaking schedule and regular media appearances, Dr. Karyn has maintained her thriving consulting practice for families for the last 15 years called ‘dkb coaching & wellness studio’ in Toronto and one in New York City to serve organizations and families. She has also authored four practical resources for teens and parents. Her latest book (published by Harper Collins) is called Dr. Karyn’s Guide to the Teen Years.

In our home we try to eat dinner together every night. Some nights are a bit more busy than others. As my children get older, this is the time we have to talk about our day and get to know each other and what is going on in our lives. Our youngest still loves to prepare meals with me and helps set the table. Join us to discuss how you make meaningful meals in your home


RSVP here and don’t forget to follow the sponsors.
@UnicefLive @MapleLeafFoods and @MapleLeafPrime  October 16th 8 to 9 p.m. EST.
Follow the hashtag #meaningfulmeals Canada only Co-Hosts for this party  @inkscrblr and @Gingermommy

I look forward to seeing you at the party. Like any party, their will be prizes too!

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  1. Victoria Ess says

    I never knew about this day, but I'm definitely going to read more about it. I wish I could make the party!

  2. I am so happy to cohost with you Kim. What a great cause!
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