What a week it has been, National School Meals Week (NSMW) 8th – 12th November 2021

‘The School Tucker Trial’, has been a roaring success with VIP visits, plant based masterpieces and other great themed events. So far we have seen an increase children eating and enjoying hot lunches and trying a whole host of new foods. We will be rounding up the week once we have the news stories and updates so please keep visiting the site.

Here is a round up of the week, if you haven’t managed to plan for this week and have been inspired by stories and social media coverage, the free resources will be available long after the week has ended. Contact mail@elygra.co.uk. for assistance.

School Tucker Trial

The initiative is to get more children back to eating hot lunches. Whether it be with a new menu, tasting sessions, themed events or a drive to increase uptake. You can make NSMW your way.

Mix it up Monday

We are asking schools to create a fun day with a menu packed with fruit and vegetables. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate that vegetarian dishes are exciting and tasty. You can mix up the menu with plant based alternatives to children’s favourite products and dishes.

Food = Fuel (for learning, work and play)

Following the disruption to education over the past 18 months, the importance of nutrition and education can never be underestimated. We are asking school caterers to create a menu and showcase all the important food groups, protein for strong bones and body, carbohydrates for energy etc.

Ahhhhh The Great British Roast Dinner

This day highlights local produce and farm assured meats, plus we look to showcase a vegetarian alternative to keep the day inclusive for all children. The Roast lunch remains one of the highlights of the school menu each week.

Plant Based Power Lunch

Choosing plant based days on a school menu can have a huge impact on the environment and the wellbeing of children. This year we want to promote all of the benefits to children and school caterers. We really want to pass this message on. The power of a plant based diet should never be underestimated.

School Food Challenge

The last day of the week is a fun day to educate children where their food comes from and how it is grown. It is a great opportunity for school caterers to create dishes with hidden fruits and vegetables to help children achieve their 5 a day. This event will also teach children about farming too.

Visit the Get Involved page for full details, the Resource section has everything you need to create a successful campaign.

We have also launched our Zones page, this is full of hints and tips and useful information whether you are a caterer/school, parent or student.

If you need any further information and support for the week contact mail@laca.co.uk

LACA’s calendar of events will help you to increase uptake all year long

Following the success of LACA’s recent campaigns ‘Hot’ober’ and ‘Marching Back to School Meals’, more resources have been created for members to use to add fun at lunchtime and encourage children back to hot school lunches. The resources have been created to save you time and focus on key themes throughout the year.

All promotions have free downloadable resources in English and Welsh for you to personalise and print as you require. All are designed to provide you with a readymade promotional calendar to run alongside any other events you may have planned.

Calendar of events

  • March: Marching Back to school lunches
  • March/April: Easter Eggstravaganza
  • May: Walk to school week
  • June/July: Seaside Special’s
  • Sept: Back to school week
  • Oct: Curry Week
  • Nov: Bonfire Night/National School Meals Week

The promotional events can be found in the resource section. Themes are being added over the next few weeks, but you can save the dates and plan your events.


NSMW has now been running for 30 years and is a flagship promotion organised by LACA, The School Food People. A key objective is to promote the importance and benefits of choosing a nutritious school lunch at mealtime. Each year, it engages in other important messages relevant to the time. NSMW had added importance last year with children continuing to be away from the school environment due to isolation periods and many months away from education. It is more important than ever that children return to eating hot balanced meals at lunchtime. Although NSMW is planned for November, this website contains tools and resources to help promote the school catering service throughout the year.

30 School Meals Heroes

See LACAs 30 School Meals Heroes – read their story.

Jump in


Although NSMW’19 has come and gone, feel free to click on the button below to download and use a selection of materials that you may find of use throughout the year.



See pictures/videos of what happened during NSMW 2019 (and in previous years).

Latest News

Keep the School Tucker Trial going

NSMW may have ended but with ‘I’m a Celebrity’ starting on the 21st and running for several weeks, use LACA ‘School Tucker Trial’ as you see fit and keep promoting school food and all the great things you do whilst the show airs. Keep using social media #NSMW #schooltuckertrial #LACA_UK Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek…

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