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.


Promotions don’t need to be hard work. For example, why not turn your Roast Dinner Day into an Easter Eggstravaganza, add in an Easter themed pud? Download and print the free activity sheet if you want to add in a competition, or children can take home to complete over the holidays.


Event calendar

The promotional events can be found at . Each theme has posters, menu/letter templates, activities and more. Themes are being added over the next few weeks, but you can save the dates and plan your events here.


Calendar of events


  • March: Marching Back to school lunches

A promotion to encourage children back to hot lunches. Why not run a week of favourite dishes to entice children back into the dining room.


  • March/April: Easter Eggstravaganza

A fun promotion, easily recognisable and one that can be aligned with any events going on in the classroom.


  • May: Walk to school week 

Encouraging children to get active, caterers providing menus with an emphasis on the link between food and the energy it provides to walk to and from school, and general exercise. Stickers and activities on road safety can be used during lunchtime or by schools during lesson times.


  • June/July: Seaside Special’s

To encourage uptake at a time when some children might want to choose a packed lunch as the weather warms up, a seaside special menu is known to be popular with children of all ages. The fun activity sheet can be sent home to complete over the holidays or run a competition during school times.


  • Sept: Back to school week

A week of all-time favourite classic school lunches will encourage children back into the dining room as the new school year starts. The activity encourages children to vote for their favourite school meals, this can help with future menu planning.


  • Oct: Curry Week

We know curry is a popular dishes on the school menu, indeed it was voted the most popular school lunch in a poll conducted as part of national School Meals Week 2017. Why not try a selection all week, meat, veggie, vegan option to encourage children to try new tastes and flavours. Recipes can be made available to send home to parents.


  • Nov: Bonfire Night/National School Meals Week

Two on offer this month. Bonfire night favourites, twice baked jacket potatoes and toffee apple sponge always a favourite with children at the start of the month. National School Meals Week (NSMW) nearing the middle of the month, theme to be announced soon. NSMW is a chance to promote everything great about school lunches.


Contact for help and advice on creating your themed event. Need help getting children back to eating hot meals at lunchtime? You will find a guide and help from many food suppliers on making the return here


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