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NSMW on 12th – 16th November

Click Here to see the 2nd days events for our Powered By School Meals Tour at Ysgol DInas Bran in Denbighshire!


2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) National School Meals Week (NSMW) and there will be a lot to celebrate during this Silver Jubilee year to make it an anniversary to remember! National School Meals Week is a firm favourite in many school caterers promotional calendar and this year there is more than ever for caterers to get involved with.

LACA NSMW 2017 was an outstanding success thanks to so many of you across England and Wales joining in with the NSMW activities.

To watch a video of what happened during 2017 and plans for 2018 click here.
(if you want to download a copy of this video email admin@laca.co.uk)
More detailed plans for 2018 below:-

NSMW on the Road

PBSM-Logo-2018-ConceptFollowing the success of the 2017 Marathon tour, LACA is once again taking NSMW on the road and visiting all ten LACA regions to fully engage with members. Last year’s ‘Powered by School Meals’ strapline was very much about how school meals ‘energised’ our customers; however a nutritious school meal at lunchtime ‘Powers’ so much more. The five important powered by school meals messages, which we will taking out to each region, are; education, concentration, attainment, energy and nutrition. We will be engaging with pupils the length and breadth of the country with activities that emphasise the positive effects of a healthy nutritious school meal at lunchtime.

  • For the Education message we will have a ‘ Scientist’ character demonstrating and educating on fun food facts
  • Concentration – A buzz wire where the children concentrate on getting to the end of the puzzle trying not to ‘BUZZ’ the buzzer!
  • Attainment – A magnetic puzzle where the children select magnetic pieces from a box and make the design up into a picture
  • Energy – Children will be encouraged to take part in some simple exercise, similar to circuit training where there will be a selection of exercises to do.
  • Nutrition – A demonstration by a chef from NSMW sponsors Kraft Heinz on choosing the right food to help fuel the school day.


CookeditmyselfieSo popular with school caterers and now in its third year, this activity shows education catering at its best. The camera doesn’t lie as the saying goes and we have seen some wonderful examples on what tremendous food is being served on a daily basis in schools right across England and Wales.

The prize of £500.00 of marketing resources or equipment is going to be hard fought with the entries we have seen so far and this year we have an extra incentive to keep the entries rolling in; a trip to London to enjoy afternoon tea for two at the world famous Ritz Hotel awaits the 2018 winner of #cookeditmyselfie. A tremendous experience and all for taking a quick snap on your smartphone!!

Host a School Chef

HASC LogoNow in its fifth Year, LACA (Lead Association for CAtering in Education) Host a School Chef continues to go from strength to strength. The promotion offers school chefs the opportunity to spend a day in the kitchen of some of the most exclusive restaurants in the country, working alongside some of the most celebrated chefs in the catering industry, demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent of today’s education caterers.

Want to get involved?

We want to hear from both school chefs and interesting hotels/restaurants and suitable ‘host’ venues. Simply click on a link below and register your interest. We will match School caterers with a restaurant in the same area for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

For all enquiries please call Louise Hughes on 0333 005 0226 or visit https://www.hostaschoolchef.co.uk/ to complete the online forms

The Nation’s Favourite School Meal

NSMW The Nations Favourite Logo FINALThe Nation have spoken and Curry has been voted as the Nations Favourite School Lunch – the clear winner for dessert was Chocolate Sponge and Custard. LACA have now started a Curry-O-Meter and want to hear from as many school caterers as possible who are serving ‘The Nation’s Favourite’ during NSMW 2018.

So far we know of AT LEAST ½ million portions of curry being served.

To be included in the final count, send your school/company name and Curry-O-Meterthe number of portions of Curry you plan to serve during NSMW to admin@laca.co.uk – we will get back to you at the end of NSMW and then advise the Press…………………..
Free resources in English and Welsh are available at http://thegreatschoollunch.co.uk/resources/new-nsmw-resources/

A Cake Fit for a (future) King

It is not just NSMW that has something to celebrate this year; during NSMW -14th November to be exact – His Royal Highness Prince Charles will celebrate his 70th birthday. To mark the occasion former LACA Chair and cake maker extraordinaire Carrieanne Bishop, will be producing a pièce de résistance, a cake fit for a (future) King. Carrieanne will collaborate with 2018 LACA SCOTY Regional winners, including the overall winner Michael Goulston, to make different elements of the cake and demonstrate that school caterers are skilled and knowledgeable individuals, talented enough to bake for royalty!!

NSMW Returns to Westminster.

ATP_9662LACA will make a return to the House of Commons to engage with MP’s and Peers as they sample the very best of school meals from a specially designed 25th anniversary menu. The aptly named Jubilee Room will be the setting on Tuesday 20th November when we finally conclude this year’s NSMW and show the politicians what took place around the country as we celebrated the very best in school food.

National Roast Dinner Day Wednesday 14th Nov

RDD-for-banner-with-layersEveryone loves a roast dinner and they are not just for Sundays either. As always we will be supporting this terrific event during NSMW and it is a great opportunity for schools to invite members of pupils’ families into school, to see just how good today’s school meals really are and all for less than the price of a cup of coffee on the high street.


Resources-Icon-NSMWWith a whole host of free resources available on the NSMW website for schools to download, there is so much choice and variety of material at everyone’s disposal, schools can put on their own events to celebrate NSMW without any difficulty.
The NSMW Silver Jubilee promises to be a wonderful celebration of all that is great about school meals and LACA is confident that the education catering industry will come together to make it a party to remember.

LACA NSMW 2018 – Keeping in touch

NSMW-Communication-LogoKeeping in touch – we know the important part communication plays in the success of NSMW and this year we will be regularly updating you with what’s happening and how you can get involved, through newsletters, the trade press, and online. If there is anything specific that you want updating on or you have any suggestions or ideas please get in touch either by the email link on the NSMW website or by telephone to NSMW HQ on 0333 005 0226 and one of the team will be happy to help.

School Meals Shout Out NSMW is a great platform for school caterers and suppliers to ‘Shout Out’ about all the great things you do – and there are plenty of ways to do it.


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

Or contacting the local press yourselves – any help needed just contact the NSMW team.

As this special year unfolds there may well be additions to the programme, modifications to some of the activities and more details added, so keep visiting the NSMW website and keep up to date with what’s happening for YOUR National School Meals Week.

And to see what happened during NSMW 2017 click here.

Meet our sponsors!


National Accounts Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company is:

Michele Lucchetti

Email: michele.lucchetti@kraftheinz.com

Mobile : 07736 572388

As a proud supplier to schools across the UK, we’re delighted to sponsor National School Meals Week. We’re committed to providing the right products, in the perfect formats and sizes for the education sector so that pupils can enjoy nutritious meals every day.

We’ve developed products specifically for the education sector such as our Heinz No-Added Sugar Beanz and 50% less sugar and salt Tomato Ketchup, both of which fall under the FSA Salt Target regulation for 2017.

Please click here for more information


Parents! Click jump in below 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 explore below 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!



With National School Meals Week taking place across the country next week (12-16 November), ISS’s school catering business is getting ready to host a number of celebrations. Lead by the Lead Association for Education (LACA), the national event is now in its 25th year and is designed to celebrate “all that is great about school…


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