National School Meals Week (NSMW) 8th – 12th November 2021

We are delighted to launch NSMW 2021 with a great new theme ‘The School Tucker Trial’, our aim is to get as many children back to eating and enjoying hot lunches. You can create your own week of celebrations with a wealth of resources. As well as The School Tucker Trial there are 5 great new themes launched to get children back into the dining room.

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 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.


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.

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.

30 School Meals Heroes

See LACAs 30 School Meals Heroes – read their story.

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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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Start planning themes events for 2021/22 with LACA’s calendar of events

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