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NSMW 2017 Dates and Plans


A week of celebration about all that is great about school meals.

Once again there will be a number of high profile activities taking place, with a mixture of political activity and engagement with school caterers, pupils and parents

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Many of the popular elements of the NSMW programme in recent years will be taking place again along with new activities that will offer opportunities for everyone to take part. They include: –



New for 2017 – NSMW Daily Marathon – ‘Powered by School Meals’ – Karen Robinson, a member of LACA’s NSMW team, will be running a marathon through all LACA’s regions supported by as many LACA members, school pupils and supporters as possible. The marathons will be fuelled by school food with press and PR opportunities being encouraged along the way. Plans are progressing well for what will be a high profile flagship activity. The NSMW website will be tracking Karen’s progress and we will be uploading video footage each day so everyone can keep up to date. There is an added benefit in the run, insofar as we will be raising funds for the incoming LACA Chair’s chosen charity The British Heart Foundation. For more information click here to see how the event is shaping up!


#cookeditmyselfie – back by popular demand, LACA are asking for picture tweets showing the best examples of school meals with a prize of £500’s worth of marketing resources or equipment for the winning entrant. This year entry is open to parents and pupils as well as school caterers. As a caterer, this is your chance to ‘show off’, but you don’t have to wait until November, send pictures on Twitter to @NSMW today (and as often as you want) using the hashtag #cookeditmyselfie.

Host a School Chef – now in its fourth year, this hugely popular programme is firmly established in the NSMW calendar. The initiative aims to give school chefs the opportunity to spend a day working in fine dining establishments alongside some of the most famous names in the world of haute cuisine. Through LACA’s NSMW we have placed over 150 school caterers in the kitchens of Michelin Star restaurants, 5* hotels, House of Commons and the Senedd restaurants, Premier League Football Clubs executive dining facilities and unusual venues across the country e.g. the restaurant at the summit of Snowdon. The Craft Guild of Chefs has once again pledged the support of its members, which is a terrific endorsement. We already have some fabulous venues signed up for 2017 including the Ritz London.

National Roast Dinner Day – The Soil Association’s Food For Life has supported NSMW in recent years and again is positioning its NRDD in the middle of the week’s activities. It is always a well-received event and many schools take the opportunity to invite their pupils’ family members into the dining rooms to see for themselves how good school food is. Click here for more information.

Theme Days – always a big hit with the schools, with free to download resources from the NSMW website, everyone can be involved at no extra cost – visit the resources page of this website – you will also find a number of ‘Powered by School Meals’ posters and templates for you to use.

Start planning today – Individual LACA regions plus schools, both local authority and free school/academies, will be organising their own local events as they have increasingly done over the years to make LACA’ NSMW 2017 the most successful yet.

2017 – another busy year of exciting events is coming together. We know many school caterers also ‘do their own thing’ so please let us know what you are up to. There are many ways to ‘Shout Out’ about what you are doing:

Web: www.nsmw.org.uk
Email: admin@laca.co.uk
Twitter: @NSMW or
#schoolmealsshoutout or
Facebook: schoolmealsweek
Instagram: @NSMW1


Parents! Click here for videos and recipes for meals that you can cook in your home. You’ll be surprised that these recipes are being used in schools across the country!

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Click here for a definitive list of all of the suppliers who support National School Meals Week. We’ve sorted them geographically so you can find someone to help close to you!



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