NSMW23 (6th – 10th Nov), where everybody benefits!

During National School Meals Week 2023 we are calling for school children, caterers, parents, food suppliers and schools to support the industry as LACA need more people than ever enjoying great school lunches.

We know pupils benefit from a hot meal at lunchtime, and as an industry we know they impact so positively on so many lives – this is something to be celebrated. We recognise there are challenging times at the moment with the cost of living crisis, rising food costs, issues with staff recruitment and so much more but also so many positives with FSM funding in London and Wales. With that in mind, the value and benefit of great school food and all members are doing to provide quality meal each day shouldn’t be underestimated. The week will be used to showcase this. NSMW is designed to help LACA members/supporters to remind and reinforce the great things the industry does, and the difference it makes to young people. Not forgetting the number of people it takes to make great food and the local businesses it supports as we all work to become carbon neutral.

What are the likely outcomes of NSMW23?

Please join us


As usual you can get behind this by

Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek

Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK

Instagram #nationalschoolmealsweek laca_uk

Hashtags #NSMW2023 #LACA_UK #greatschoolfood #comedinewithus

Theme days for the week

We receive so many great stories on the socials and know how much everyone enjoys a theme day. We will be uploading new ones and general marketing material for NSMW23 in the coming weeks. The themes are

Launch day, enjoy great school food: A fun day to launch the week with pupil’s favourites and promote your week of celebrations.

Come Dine With Us: Let’s get parents into dining rooms across the country, where they can sample how great the meals are and to see what a great environment it is to work in.

National Roast Dinner Day: A roast dinner day showcasing the best local British produce, and we challenge you to create the best plant-based version as well.

Try something new!: A day to encourage children who haven’t tried meals in a while or to get existing customers to sample some new dishes. You can make this day your own!

Happy Birthday NSMW!: We want you to end the week with one big celebration and invite your local MP or VIP to join in a day of promoting #greatschoolfood and NSMW’s 30th Birthday.

And back by popular demand to support green issues

Eat more, waste less: To teach children the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and to run a plant based menu


Start promoting today!

You can now get access to 2023 logos, social media adverts, email footers and the latest information leaflet, please email admin@laca.co.uk for help.

LACA would like to thank members in advance for the continuing support of NSMW. The 30th year celebrations would not be happening without you.

Visit our zones for more information on how you can get involved, updates and specific advice for students, parents and school caterers will be updated throughout the year.




Please click on the buttons below to choose, download and use a selection of materials made available to promote National School Meals Week, Theme Days and many other great initiatives. Many are not time sensitive so can be used all year.

Most resources are available in both English and Welsh.