National School Meals Week (NSMW) looks forward to a brighter 2022

Date for your diary 7th – 11th November

As we emerge from the pandemic we can look forward to making big plans for NSMW 2022 and to welcoming more children back into the dining rooms.

Here is a round up of 2021,

2021 ‘School Tucker Trial’

‘The School Tucker Trial’ in 2021, was a roaring success with VIP visits, plant based masterpieces and other great themed events. There was evidence of an increase of children eating and enjoying hot lunches and trying a whole host of new foods.

The initiative to get more children back to eating hot lunches was achieved with new menu launches, tasting sessions, 5 new themed events and push to increase uptake with a passport promo. The week coincided with the popular TV series ‘I’m a Celebrity’, this made the event relevant for young people. More people than ever got involved on social media sharing stories and photos of the great food that was served around the country.

You can take a look back on the week by visiting the news pages and social media.

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

Hashtags #NSMW2021 #LACA_UK #tasteforyourself #schooltuckertrial

If you need any further information about NSMW and how to get involved contact

Don’t forget LACA’s calendar of events will help you to increase uptake all year long

You can promote school meals throughout the year with a range of promotions, more will be added in the coming months too. Resources have been created for members to use to add fun at lunchtime and encourage children back to hot school lunches. They have been created to save you time and focus on key themes throughout the year.

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.

Calendar of events

  • March: Marching Back to school lunches
  • March/April: Easter Eggstravaganza
  • May: Walk to school week
  • June/July: Seaside Special’s
  • Sept: Back to school week
  • Oct: Curry Week
  • Nov: Bonfire Night/National School Meals Week

The promotional events can be found in the resource section.

About National School Meals Week (NSMW)

NSMW has now been running for over 30 years and is a flagship promotion organised by LACA, The School Food People. A key objective is to promote the importance and benefits of choosing a nutritious school lunch at mealtime. Each year, it engages in other important messages relevant to the time. NSMW had added importance over the past couple of years with children often being away from the school environment due to isolation periods and many months away from education. It is more important than ever that children eat hot balanced meals at lunchtime. Although NSMW is planned for November, this website contains tools and resources to help promote the school catering service throughout the year.


Whether you are a caterer, school, student or parent, specific information on how you can get involved in NSMW

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Click on the button to access to free resources. Download and use a selection of materials that you can use throughout the year.



See pictures and videos of what has happened during NSMW over the years.

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Keep the School Tucker Trial going

NSMW may have ended but with ‘I’m a Celebrity’ starting on the 21st and running for several weeks, use LACA ‘School Tucker Trial’ as you see fit and keep promoting school food and all the great things you do whilst the show airs. Keep using social media #NSMW #schooltuckertrial #LACA_UK Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek…

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