ARLINGTON, VA. — On Dec. 14, the FMI Foundation held a livestream for its 2022 Gold Plate Awards Celebration to recognize food industry companies and community organizations that have notable family meal programs.

The ceremony was co-hosted by Kelli Windsor, FMI’s digital communications director, and David Fikes, the FMI Foundation’s executive director.

“Our partner organizations make the Family Meals Movement possible,” Fikes said. “This year we are showcasing the people who make food retail, supplier and community family meals programs stand out. Our live Gold Plate Awards ceremony is our way of saying thank you to all those who champion the importance of family meals.”  

Award recipients received a commemorative plate, and organizations that tied in mental health to their family meal programs also received a special blue ribbon that is new this year.

“The recipients of the 2022 Gold Plate Awards represent a collective industry effort to help families stay strong with family meals,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI’s president and CEO. “I’m particularly proud of the programs that went the extra mile to connect the importance of family meals, however one defines family, to mental health. Through creative messages, in-store promotion and innovative employee engagement, the passion for the Family Meals Movement is just one way our industry stands out.”

The 2022 Gold Plate Award recipients are the following:

Category: Retailer 1 – 49 stores

  • Martin’s Super Markets, Inc. for its “Be A Family Meal Champ” program.

Category: Retailer 50 – 199 stores

  • SpartanNash Company for its “Our Family, Building Strong Families” program.

Category: Retailer 200+ stores

  • Hy-Vee, Inc., for its special events that infused National Family Meals Month messaging with the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Category: Supplier

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brookshire Grocery Company
  • ButcherBox
  • Skogen’s Festival Foods
  • Merchants Distributors, LLC
  • Rouses Markets
  • Weis Markets, Inc.

Blue Ribbon Recipients:

These organizations effectively connected family meals to mental health benefits in their family meals programs.

  • ButcherBox
  • Coborn’s, Inc.
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Martin’s Super Markets, Inc.
  • Pure Flavor
  • Rouses Markets
  • SpartanNash Company
  • Tops Markets
  • Weis Markets, Inc.