September 19, 2023 Is National Food Not Phones Day — Promoting Family & Friends Connecting Over Mealtimes

by | Sep 18, 2023


On Tuesday September 19, we encourage everyone to let their family, friends, and followers know about National Food Not Phones Day by sharing on social media with the hashtag #FoodNotPhones. This initiative is not about vilifying technology but rather about promoting a balanced life where we make conscious choices about when to be connected and when to be present in the moment.

In our hyper-connected age, there is a growing need to balance the rapid pace of technology with the timeless value of human connection. Hence, we are proud to celebrate September 19, 2023 as the inaugural National Food Not Phones Day. On this day, we challenge individuals nationwide to set aside their phones during mealtimes, focusing instead on the food in front of them and the people around them.

Why #FoodNotPhones?

  • Strengthened Human Connections: Sharing a meal has traditionally been an opportunity to connect, converse, and share stories. Setting aside our phones allows us to strengthen these bonds with our loved ones.
  • Mindful Eating: Without distractions, we can truly savor and enjoy our food. Mindful eating not only enhances the pleasure of dining but also helps in recognizing hunger and fullness cues, contributing to healthier eating habits.
  • Digital Detox: Brief periods without our devices can reduce stress, prevent digital eye strain, and improve sleep quality.

In a world where the digital and the physical constantly intertwine, National Food Not Phones Day serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of true, undistracted connection. Join us and let’s celebrate the beauty of meals shared without the interference of screens.

About National Food Not Phones Day

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Established in 2023, National Food Not Phones Day is a grassroots initiative aimed at promoting undistracted, quality time during meals. By championing this cause, we hope to cultivate an environment where people appreciate the value of real-world interactions and the joys of savoring food without digital interruptions.

The Food Not Phones Initiative is supported by Acosta Group, ARC: The Association of Retail & Consumer Professionals, FMI Foundation: Family Meals Movement, Fresh Direct, Hy-Vee Supermarkets, Where the Food Comes From, Shuttlerock and

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