National School Meals Week (NSMW) is the one week of the year when the school catering industry celebrates all that is GREAT about school food. We know many school caterers enjoy supporting this week and we hope you will do the same again this year.

Get planning
We need your help and support to make the event a great one. Creating a successful event is all down to planning, so we want to give you as much time as possible – all resources and activities will feature here.

Choose your days and events
Choose your menus and activities
Print and display all material around the school
Get involved on social media
Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek
Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK
Instagram #nationalschoolmealsweek laca_uk
Use the hashtags #NSMW2021 #LACA_UK #tasteforyourself

Making theme days easy and fun
Theme days are easy to run and don’t need to cause extra time and expense. Tweaking existing menus, renaming dishes and adding activities which can be downloaded for free can make your event great fun and simple to run. Dressing up yourselves and the servery always adds fun to the day.

Make sure you get your school involved by sharing on their social media platforms as well as your catering pages.

Getting press coverage and social media coverage
On the resource pages you will find templates and letters to help you get your local press involved, they can be downloaded and edited for free. Getting them involved will raise the profiles of school lunches not only in your area but across the country. Most people use social media daily, so why not check in on the NSMW pages each day during the week. Use images of your food and events to capture attention, a picture says a 1000 words. Use the hashtags on all posts and the NSMW team will repost and share your news and posts. Encourage parents and staff members to share too.

You can use the website all year round, you will find free resources and activities and recipe ideas which can help with themed events, visit the resource page here.

LACA have introduced a new themed calendar which can be used in addition to your planned events or used to create one.

NSMW 2021
NSMW 2021 will be held 8th – 12th November, more details will appear here soon. Keep visiting the site, news pages and follow us on social media.