National School Meals Week (NSMW) 11th – 15th November ’19

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Last year the Lead Association for CAtering in Education (LACA) celebrated NSMW Silver Jubilee. For 25 years, LACA has worked hard to promote school food and the work continues as we showcase the benefits, values and nutritional value of a ‘modern day’ school lunch.

So here is what we have planned for NSMW 2019 and how you can get involved.

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LACA is taking School Meals ‘back on the road’ with its ‘Taste for Yourself’ campaign, when we will be visiting all ten LACA regions. Plans are being formulated for the NSMW team to tour England and Wales, and at designated stops along the way to invite parents, journalists, dignitaries and the public at large to enjoy some healthy, nutritious, freshly prepared school food. We will take the opportunity to promote some of the less well known facts about a school lunch and tackle outdated perceptions.

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2019 is the 30th anniversary of LACA’s formation and to commemorate that we have launched our ‘#30 people, 30 School Meals Stories’ campaign where weekly, we pay tribute to many of the heroes of the education catering industry. Each week we feature a ‘school meals hero’ who is involved in putting a school lunch on the table – from the Farmer to the Delivery Driver, the Cook to the Kitchen Assistant, the School Secretary to the Mid-day Assistant – they are all heroes to us.

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‘Taste for yourself’ is a school based initiative to encourage pupils who currently don’t take a school meal to try one – a number of Infant Pupils still choose not to have a meal, despite them being free. For older pupils, often the barrier is misconceptions and we are keen to make sure pupils know what is available to them. (Resources coming soon.)

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‘Move it with LACA‘– We are creating a number of initiatives to get pupils moving during NSMW, this will be tied in with the ‘daily mile’ campaign which is so popular in schools. Healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand and school meals help provide the fuel that the body needs to enjoy regular exercise.

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MPs and Peers will have the opportunity to ‘Taste for Themselves’ as well, as we plan to serve a school lunch at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 20th November to Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It will allow us to summarise all the wonderful celebrations of our great industry during NSMW and indeed throughout the year.

30 School Meals Heroes

Each week we select a new School Meals Hero from school chef to farmer and showcase the people making a difference. Who is this week's hero?

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Please click on the button below to choose, download and use a selection of materials available to promote National School Meals Week, Theme Days and many other great initiatives.

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LACA Wins Cost Sector Marketing Award

I am delighted to announce that LACA have been awarded the Cost Sector Marketing Award for National School Meals Week 2018. This is a fantastic achievement in what is our 25th anniversary year of NSMW and a real tribute to Arnold Fewell who sadly passed away this year and, as we know, initially introduced NSMW…

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Meet out sponsors!

Kraft Heinz Food Service

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.

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