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Hormel Foods Encourages Real Face Time for National Family Dinner Night

Hormel Foods believes that meal time should be family time.

An article in the Atlantic noted that Americans rarely eat together anymore. “In fact, the average American eats one in every five meals in her car, one in four Americans eats at least one fast food meal every single day, and the majority of American families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week.”

Family laughing around a good meal in kitchen

In order to bring back the tradition of family dinner night, Hormel Foods wants to start a dialogue and help solve some of the biggest challenges, and as well as share tips to help make family dinner night a more frequent occurrence.

Leading up to National Family Dinner night on Sept. 26, Hormel Foods will be posting on their social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and hope to hear about your family dinner nights. We will repost our favorite tips and encourage you to use the hashtags #NationalFamilyDinnerNight and #RealFaceTime.

September 26 was proclaimed National Family Dinner Night in 2010 by President Obama and all 50 governors as part of a focus on healthier families and children.

Here are five easy tips for starting or maintaining a regular family dinner night in your home:

1) Limit distractions. Put the phones away, turn the TV off and focus on real face time with your family.

2) If family dinner night every night overwhelms you, start with one night a week to commit to and build from there.

3) Pick a few easy recipes and master them.

4) Involve your family in menu planning. What are some of their favorites? Bonus: have the kids come shopping with you to pick out the ingredients for their dish.

5) Come up with discussion topics and things you want to talk about. Write them down and place them in a bowl. When you’re all sitting together, chose a topic from the bowl and let the conversation run!

Here’s a simple recipe you could make for #NationalFamilyDinnerNight!

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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10 ounces cooked and shredded chicken
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
1 prebaked 10-inch pizza crust
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup shredded Gouda cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ small red onion, sliced
2 cups HORMEL® Real Bacon Pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Heat oven to 450°F.
  2. In medium bowl, toss chicken with 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce. Spread remaining ½ cup sauce over crust. Top with cheese, chicken mixture and onion slices. Sprinkle evenly with bacon toppings. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.


Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. Hormel Foods, which leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the eighth year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2016 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit