SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 September
2021 - As part of a community effort to build stronger family bonds amidst
COVID-19, 20 families in need living in Yishun will receive home-delivered meals
on Eat With Your Family Day (EWYFD) on Friday, 3 September 2021.
The meal delivery is organised by Centre for Fathering, DADs for Life
and MUMs for Life, in partnership with MWS Family Service Centre - Yishun. Each
family will receive a meal for five persons sponsored by The Social Kitchen and
delivered by DADs for Life volunteers.
"Research has shown that children
who eat with their parents thrive emotionally, socially and academically.
During this challenging COVID-19 season, many families have to put in more
effort to juggle between making a living and caring for their loved ones and
may not be able to deliberately put aside time for family bonding. We hope this
meal delivery will provide them with an opportunity to eat together and catch
up with each other," said Mr Bryan Tan, CEO of Centre for Fathering, DADs for
Life and MUMs for Life.
"Eat With Your Family Day kickstarts
Families for Life's (FFL) My Family Weekend in September every year. We hope
that while employers allow their staff to knock off from work at 5pm that day,
employees will also make the conscious decision to choose family time and have
dinner with their families. They can also tune in to FFL's Facebook live after
dinner, where there will be fun games to entertain the whole family. Family
time extends to the weekend and families can check out FFL's website for
activities organised by our partners. We hope that through these activities,
families make it a habit to carve out regular family time amidst their busy
Families for Life Council Chairman, Mr Ishak Ismail.
Device-free family times
across the world request for employees to work from home in response to COVID-19,
many employees may feel like they are living their life almost exclusively
through the screen. After working on a computer all day, they could still be on
their devices – catching up with friends over Zoom, watching dramas or
scrolling through social media feeds.
As the lines
between work hours and time at home are increasingly blurred, it is important
for families to be intentional about the time they spend on devices and
schedule screen-free breaks when they move away from the computers and phones
and be present with each other. EWYFD offers an opportunity for families to get
together to bond over a meal and some fun after-dinner activities organised by
Families for Life for My Family Weekend on 3 September 2021.
"In the last year and a half of the pandemic, our devices
have been our primary connection to our family, friends and the outside world.
Many of us, children and parents alike, have found ourselves increasing our
screen time usage, sometimes to the detriment of our health and relationships.
Through EWYFD, we hope families will take time off screens, to disconnect in
order to connect, and enjoy family bonding over a meal. Let's put down our
devices and make meal time, family time." said Mr Lock Wai Han, Chairman of the
Media Literacy Council.
EWYFD was launched in
2003 by Centre for Fathering to encourage organisations to arrange for
employees to leave work at 5pm so that they can eat with their families. The
initiative also aims to remind parents to put aside time to eat with their
Held on the last Friday
of each school term, the dates for EWYFD 2021 are 12 March, 28 May, 3 September
and 19 November. EWYFD is a joint effort by Centre for
Fathering, MUMS for Life and DADs for Life, in partnership with Families for
Life and in support of the Made For Families initiative.
Special EWYFD offers
In addition, EWYFD 2021
is also offering:
- Special deals
from merchants islandwide which provide families with more food, retail and fun
options for family outings;
fathering and parenting workshops conducted by Centre for Fathering;
For more information on EWYFD deals and complimentary
workshops, go to fathers.com.sg/ewyfd.