National School Meals Week introduces LACA’s themed calendar of events to encourage the uptake of hot meals at lunchtime

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.

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.

Save the date, National School Meals Week (NSMW) 8th – 12th November 2021

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 catering calendar. We will bring you details of the events and how you can get involved nearer the time.


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.

Aims for NSMW 2021

LACA looks forward to more children being able to celebrate the event this year as we hope Covid restrictions will be a thing of the past. We are busy planning theme days and campaigns that children, parents, schools and caterers will want to engage with. Ideas and plans are coming to plan. Keep checking in to see how the plans unfold and to stary in touch, follow us on social media.

Thank you for your support in 2020

Thank you to everyone who got involved last year, we know it wasn’t an easy undertaking. NSMW and Hot’ober helped many schools return to serving hot meals following the break in service and many not being able to produce hot meals with restrictions in their schools. The campaign was a roaring success. Images can be found on the gallery pages of this website.

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.

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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).

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