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12th – 16th November

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 will be more than ever for caterers to get involved with. More details to follow.

What Happened in 2017?

Look back on a week of fantastic celebrations and Click here to view our gallery of everything that happened

Many of the popular elements of NSMW have taken place again this year along with new activities that offered opportunities for everyone to take part. They include: –



NSMW Daily Marathon – ‘Powered by School Meals’ – Karen Robinson, a member of LACA’s NSMW team, spent the week of National School Meals Week running a marathon through all LACA’s regions supported along the way by various LACA members and school pupils. The marathon was fuelled by school food. We uploaded video footage every evening so that everyone could keep up to date. There has been an added benefit to the run, as we have been raising funds for the incoming LACA Chair’s chosen charity The British Heart Foundation.

Click here to view the locations of the marathon stops and the schools that were visited throughout the week.

Click here to see the daily video clips and photos including ‘behind the scenes’ catch-ups with Karen as she braved the November weather during NSMW.

LACA and the NSMW team have been doing their part to celebrate school food, exercise and being healthy. Now it’s YOUR turn! Why not download our handy food and exercise tracker here for you to keep an eye on YOUR health and see if you can see an improvement!


#cookeditmyselfie-logo#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 years entry is open to parents and pupils as well as school caterers. As a caterer, this is your chance to ‘show off’, send pictures on Twitter to @NSMW using the hashtag #cookeditmyselfie. Click here for more information.


HaSC-LogoHost a School Chef – now in its fourth year, this hugely popular programme is firmly established in the NSMW calendar. The initiative gave 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 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 had some fabulous venues take part for NSNW 2017 including the Ritz London, the Westbury in Mayfair and the Royal Gardens in Kensington to name just a few in the capital. Click here to see a map of where we were!


RDD-LogoNational 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.



Themes-LogoTheme 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.


2017 – another busy year of exciting events. We know many school caterers have also ‘done their own thing’ so please let us know what you were up to during NSMW 2017.

Remember to keep ‘Shouting 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

Meet our sponsors!


National Accounts Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company is:

Gemma Jones

Email: Gemma.jones@kraftheinz.com

Mobile : 07736 572994

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!



Shadow Minister for Public Health Sharon Hodgson MP says that a new report further illustrates the health benefits that universal free schools meals have on children’s education. From start to finish the school day is about preparing children and young people for the world ahead of them, and within that time period, ensuring that they are…..

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