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ARLEE — The Arlee Community Development Corporation (CDC) in cahoots with Harvard University’s The Family Dinner Project will be setting the family dining table for seven months. The once a month feeds began last Thursday and will continue for six more months. The meals are free.

Mark your calendars. The upcoming family dinners in the Arlee school cafeteria will all be on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, and April 25. 

According to Harvard researchers, over the past 20 years has shown what parents have known for a long time: sharing a fun family meal is good for the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Recent studies link regular family meals with the kinds of behaviors that parents want for their children: higher grade-point averages, resilience, and self-esteem. Additionally, family meals are linked to lower rates of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and depression.

The mission of the Arlee CDC: The Arlee Community Development Corporation will assist and foster the planning and development of projects deemed to be beneficial socially, physically, economically and culturally to the public interest of the Arlee-Jocko Valley community.

For more information, call 726-5550.

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