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. Each year has a different theme based on the issues that are relevant to the industry, pupils and parents at that time.

We know the importance nutrition plays in a child’s education, concentration and learning. School meals are regulated and contain important nutrients and vitamins to help development. Choosing a school lunch means that you will have more time in the mornings, limits the need to shop and prepare packed lunches and of course, gives you confidence your child is having a hot nutritious meal for a busy day of work and play.

Get involved

NSMW 2021 will be held 8th – 12th November, you can get involved by sending your child/children for school meals during the week, especially if they haven’t tried them for a while. Every school will plan their own events so keep visiting school websites and social media pages for more information.

The main theme for 2021 is ‘The School Tucker Trial’ we want more students than ever to get back into the dining room enjoying hot lunches, younger students can collect stars for each day of the week. There will be fun themed events planned from ‘Mix it up Monday’ where caterers will be swapping to meat free alternatives, and will end with the ’School Food Challenge’ where children can find out where their food comes from.

Older students can get involved by enjoying great school food. Can you help us inspire young people to become passionate about what they eat? Can you showcase students’ favourites during the week?

Visit the home page and resource pages to see what is available throughout the week.

You can also support and share on social media.

Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek
Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK
Instagram #nationalschoolmealsweek laca_uk

Use the hashtags #NSMW2021 #LACA_UK #tasteforyourself #schooltuckertrial

Get involved all year round

School meals also contain more fresh, local food than ever before. Take a look at your school menu and you will usually find logos and accreditations about local and British produce. You can use this website all year round, you will find free resources, activities and recipe ideas which can help at meal times and help introduce your children to new tastes and flavours, visit the resource page here https://thegreatschoollunch.co.uk/resources/. Many of the resources are for school caterers use, but you see some have been designed for parents also.

Keep checking back for more information on how you and your family can get involved in NSMW 2021. Regular updates will feature here as well https://thegreatschoollunch.co.uk/.