LACA The School Food People is the voice of the school meals industry. It aims to inform, develop, represent and support its members through a range of initiatives and services.

Whether you are part of a group or work independently you can make yourself heard by being a member of LACA.

The Association represents the School Food Industry and membership is open to all parties who make a contribution to the industry:

There are twelve regions; the English regions are based upon the government regional geographic structures and additionally there is a region in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For more information about the regions please visit to see which one you belong to.

The organisation draws on the strengths of its membership nationally, and is managed through its members on a voluntary basis. Each region elects a representative to sit on the LACA Board and to become a Director of LACA Ltd. The Directors of LACA Ltd have overall responsibility for decisions made by the Association.

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Why Become A Member?


The full advantages of becoming a member of LACA stretch across the whole year

  • Business Opportunities – Networking with Industry Leaders, Caterers and Suppliers to the sector
  • Recognized by the Under Secretary of State for Education for Children and Families as having a lead Industry role
  • Public Affairs – Campaigning and Lobbying Government on issues that will shape the future of our industry. Responses to government on all issues of relevance and importance to the sector. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Widening the reach of LACA within the political arena – ensuring we continue to be the voice of `the school food people`
  • High Profile Recognition – National Campaigns and Events including our Annual Main Event and Exhibition, SCOTY and NSMW. Finishing Touches held at the Main Event are a show case for the craft skills in the industry and a prestigious Awards evening celebrates the best achievements.
  • Interactive LACA Website – the go to source of information about the industry, information that affects the industry and news about LACA
  • Regular newsletter which keeps members updated
  • E learning training opportunities, menu checking service, and setting Professional standards for the industry.
  • Allergens Guidance and Risk Assessment Tool
  • Purchasing and contract services

As the School Food People, we want as many members as possible so that we can be truly representative of your views and, from your perspective as a member, you can ensure you have a voice and ensure it is heard wherever relevant.

LACA attracts members across all sectors of Education Catering. Managers working for private companies, Local Authorities, either traditional or in newly formed joint ventures, or other business models, and supervisors working for those organisations or directly employed by schools.

Members are also drawn from catering clients, trainers, procurement professionals, healthy eating professionals, bursars and head teachers, all of whom have a key role in the sector.

Additionally we offer membership to self-employed consultants and suppliers to the sector in an associate category.

Joining LACA will allow you to access vital information that will keep you up to date with changing legislation, training, developments with the School Food Plan, the latest Government initiatives affecting the sector, procurement and more, that will help you achieve excellence in school food.

During these times of economic downturn and changing landscape in the sector, it is our intention to ensure that all members continue to gain added value for their organisation, and enhance their personal development, through their membership of LACA.

LACA Mission Statement: Together, We Achieve Excellence in School Food

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