NSMW founder Arnold Fewell has died aged 67 after a battle with cancer.
Arnold launched NSMW alongside the then LACA Chair Roger Davis in 1993, touring the country promoting the merits and benefits of children having a school meal on a daily basis. NSMW celebrated it’s Silver Jubilee in 2018 which is a lasting testament to Arnold’s vision (read more)
NSMW 12th – 16th November, what went on?
2018 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) National School Meals Week (NSMW) and there was lots to celebrate during the 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 were more events than ever for caterers to get involved with.
#cookeditmyselfie was in full swing showcasing the best school meals had to offer across the week. Check Twitter and use the hashtag #cookeditmyselfie to see the entries.
Host a School Chef was once again giving school chefs the opportunity to showcase their skills in some of the best restaurants in the country. More info on HASC can be found here.
School Chefs made a cake for Prince Charles 70th birthday. We also ran a vote to find out what the nations favorite school meal during the past 25 years was – it came out as Curry, with the favorite sweet being Chocolate sponge and custard. The week after NSMW, LACA served school lunches to MPs and Peers in Parliament.
A highlight of this years NSMW was the ‘Powered By School Meals’ tour which kicked off on the Friday of National School Meals Week in Denbighshire and carried on through the week ending at the LACA Autumn seminar at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Avon. The week saw LACA spread important messages about what school meals ‘power’ including Education, Concentration, Attainment, Energy and Nutrition. You can see what happened on the tour by clicking here or watching the video below.
The week was rounded off when LACA served a Great School Lunch to MPs and Peers at the House of Commons in the appropriately named Jubilee room (as we came to the end of our 25th anniversary). See the videos from the day here.