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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.


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!



Dorset school meals provider, Local Food Links, has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of LACA’s National School Meals Week (NSMW), which starts on Monday 12th and runs until Friday 16th November.  The annual event is marked by schools up and down the country and serves to promote the quality and value of the hot, cooked……


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