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

Last year the LACA The School Food People 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.

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 We will take the opportunity to promote some of the less well known facts about a school lunch and tackle outdated perceptions.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.)

‘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.

To plan your NSMW event visit our FREE resource bank. Click here to find the latest posters, stickers, activity sheets and advertising material to make your event the best yet. You can download the resources and personalise to your event. 

New for 2019 is National Roast Dinner Day, Taste for yourself campaign and Move it with LACA. You will also find a large resource bank of theme days you can use for this year and throughout the year to add value to your school meals service. All resources are available in Welsh too. 

The NSMW team are always on hand if you need help downloading, editing and printing your promotional material, you will find us on the Contact page.

Happy planning and wishing you a successful NSMW 2019!   

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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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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