Dine in on December 3
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We know that families have spent more time cooking and eating together at home this year and we hope those mealtimes have been pleasant and stress-free, at least as much as possible, during this unique time in our lives. Hopefully you have enjoyed more relaxed dinner conversations, discovered a new favorite recipe, or created new family traditions.
On Thursday, December 3, we are asking families to make a special effort to enjoy a meal together in honor of Family and Consumer Sciences Day and Dine In Day. The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences has designated this day as a national celebration to promote the importance of families dining together and to highlight the value of Family & Consumer Sciences.
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is an applied field of study that brings together knowledge from many disciplines for the betterment of all aspects of family life. It’s beginnings date back to 1899 when the name “home economics” was adopted for this new field. Although the name changed over the years, it still focuses on the science of human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, textiles and apparel, food science, nutrition, and wellness. FCS professionals help people develop the essential knowledge and skills to lead better lives, be work and career ready, build strong families, and make meaningful contributions to our communities.
Family and Consumer Sciences professionals can be found in different settings such as school systems, Extension programs, and health and human services. FCS courses are offered in middle and high schools and university degree programs are available in the various disciplines. Family and Consumer Sciences has been part of the national Extension system for over 100 years bringing non-formal education to adults and youth throughout the United States. This national program is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the land-grant universities in each state. In North Carolina, Extension is the largest outreach program of our two land-grant universities, NC State University and NC A&T State University, serving all 100 counties in North Carolina.
To find out more about FCS Day, visit www.aafcs.org/fcsday. Join us in celebrating Family & Consumer Sciences Day and Dine In Day. Make a pledge on the website and have a meal together with your loved ones on December 3. The FCS Day Pledge Map is waiting for you. Be sure to put your “pin” on the map that shows your support for FCS.