National School Meals Week 2020 was a roaring success despite the restrictions

National School Meals Week (NSMW) has now been running for almost 30 years, and during what continues to be very strange times for us all, NSMW had added importance this year. Some Children continue to be away from the school environment due to isolation periods and, following the many months away from education in the spring/summer, many school caterers are still being asked to serve packed lunches in the classroom, the return to hot meals has been staggered across the country. Many schools continue to make different arrangements as everyone finds their way through what best works for them. It’s challenging to say the least.

We know NSMW2020 looked very different this year as school caterers were already working very hard to feed children safely and in a timely manner over lunch. I doubt anyone who took part will forget this one! LACA would like to thank Proveg, Food for Life and Love British Food for their support during the week but of course the biggest thanks goes to our Key Workers – the frontline catering staff who, despite all the challenges, went to great lengths to create a fun week for children and promote the importance of eating hot meals at lunchtime and supporting local British food producers.

The week concluded with the ‘Thank you key Worker Day’, where children across the country made cards for their catering staff, gave flowers and presents to say thank you and Head Teachers and Catering Managers got involved presenting certificates. It was a great way to end the week and much of it was covered on social media. The week gained support from various influential people within the industry and beyond, many MP’s also getting involved and sharing their messages of thanks to catering staff for their hard work.

To see more, visit our social media pages here to follow all the stories and messages

Thank you to everyone who got involved. Please visit the news pages and follow us on social media to read all the news and events that happened during the week.

NSMW can help you return to serving hot meals even after the event

NSMW and Hot’ober helped many schools return to hot meals by encourage conversations between caterers and schools, and by offering a wealth of resources to give parents confidence that school meals are a safe option for their child. As the weather turns colder, it is more important than ever to serve hot meals.

The resources can be supplied without the logo so you can continue to use as you encourage as many children as possible return to school meals. Contact for the resources, help and advice on continuing with your promotion. You will find a guide and help from many food suppliers on making a return to hot meals here.

We know things continue to be tough but we are here to help you. Please click here to find free resources which can be personalised to fit your service.

Save the date, National School Meals Week (NSMW) 2021 date revealed

We are delighted to announce the date for NSMW2021, it will be held 8th – 12th November. Please update your calendars and planners, and get ready for another important week in the school meals calendar. We will bring you details of the events and how you can get involved nearer the time. You can keep up to date with the latest news, and get access to free resources so you can continue to promote school food all year round by visiting our resources pages here.

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