Have you ever wondered just how many people in different sectors of the education catering industry, are involved in putting your child’s school lunch on the dinner table?

As LACA The School Food People celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019, National School Meals Week is focusing on bringing you 30 school meals heroes – unsung heroes involved in delivering a school lunch from farm to fork every single day of the school year. From the Farmer to the Delivery Driver, the Cook to the Kitchen Assistant, the School Secretary to the Mid-day Assistant – to us they are all heroes, dedicated to giving our children a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal on a daily basis.

We have selected ‘30’ to tie in with 30 years of LACA, bringing the School Meals story to life and celebrating the people involved in it – each of the 30 people, who are heroes in different sectors of the School Meals industry, will be showcased, 1 a week on social media and then on the NSMW website. The campaign started on 22nd April – and runs until NSMW.

Make sure you check back every week to see who is featured and completes another part of our online 30 School Meals Heroes jigsaw puzzle. To read our heroes stories and the contribution they make to the school meals industry, just click on each image on the puzzle and find out what makes them influential in the education catering world.

Click on a jigsaw piece to read the hero's story

Click here to view all heroes
1Steven CrossLACA School Chef of the Year
2Lower Hurst Organic FarmSuppliers of fresh organic locally and nationally
3Jane BrailsfordUnit Supervisor, Ashover Primary School
4Little Green DevilsSuppliers of vegetarian and vegan foods
5Louise McErlainNutritionist for education catering
6Sharon Hodgson MPChair of the School Food APPG
7Glynn PurnellSaturday Kitchen Presenter & Restaurant Owner
8UK Farming IndustrySchool Food Suppliers
9Arnold FewellFounder of National School Meals Week
10Morag WilsonEditor of EDUcatering Magazine
11Lindsay GrahamHoliday Hunger
12Patricia Fellows MBEFormer LACA Chair
13Victoria JohnsonHead of Kitchen at Stonham Aspal Primary School
14Carol HarwoodLACA SCOTY Coordinator
15Jeanette Orrey MBECo-Chair School Food Plan Alliance
16Caroline MorganCEO, Local Food Links
17Hilary WittChair of Finance & Administration Group, Finance Director, LACA Ltd
18Jody GemmellUnit Catering Manager, City Catering
19Kath BreckonSCOTY 2016
20Michael HalesNational Chair of LACA & MD of Juniper Ventures
21Stephanie WoodFounder, CEO School Food Matters
22Stuart DerbyshireProduction Manager, Kraft Heinz
23Susan ParishBusiness & Community Manager, Park Community
24McCain Foodservice SolutionsFood Manufacturer
25Grace PhillipIslington School Meals
26Andy KempBidfood
27Sandra MayhewLondon Borough of Havering’s school
28Steve MunkleyExecutive Chef Royal Garden Hotel Vice President Craft Guild of Chefs
29Lin O Brien MBEFormer CEO, Hertfordshire Catering Limited
30Stephen ForsterNational LACA Chair