SAVE THE DATE! The date for NSMW24 has been announced. It will run 11th – 15th Nov 2024

Each year NSMW takes on a new theme that is relevant to the school meals industry. The team are currently working on new exciting material for 2024. Keep following us on the socials and online for the latest news. Each year the event gets bigger and better thanks to all our supporters.

The all important social media details

Facebook @nationalschoolmealsweek
Twitter @NSMW @LACA_UK
Instagram #nationalschoolmealsweek laca_uk
Hashtags #NSMW2024 #LACA_UK #greatschoolfood

Let’s take a look back on NSMW23!

What a week NSMW2023 was! Starting with Anita, our hard-working Chair, having completed a round of BBC interviews. The she recorded a video each day setting out the themes and why everyone should get behind our objectives for the week. For those of you who follow us on social media, when you get a minute click on to watch Monday’s opening address, then scroll through our posts for the videos each day

Last year we called for school children, caterers, parents, food suppliers and schools to support our industry so more people than ever could enjoy great school lunches. We know pupils benefit from a hot meal at lunchtime, and as an industry we impact so positively on so many lives – this is something to be celebrated.

What were the outcomes of the week?

  • To get schools serving more meals at lunchtime, we want you to encourage new customers into the dining room and to invite parents in for a school lunch.
  • To offer more plant based meals and local produce, why not try a plant based roast or add an extra plant based day onto your menu.
  • To get more people working in the industry, for 2023 we are running a recruitment drive with your help.
  • To celebrate 30 years of NSMW, let’s share stories and invite VIPs to join in the celebrations.

You got behind this by

  • Promoting NSMW and school meals on social media using the following details
  • Running themed promotions in the dining room
  • Inviting your local MP or VIP in for lunch
  • Posting good news stories on your websites and in newsletters
  • Throwing a big party to celebrate 30 years of NSMW
  • Taking selfies with our 30th birthday sign and sharing on our socials

You can keep promoting school meals after NSMW, 12 great themes now in LACA’s calendar of events

Free to download, edit and print today

An additional 6 themes have been added to create a year long campaign  LACA’s calendar of events will help you to increase uptake all year long. Resources have been created for members to use to add fun at lunchtime and encourage children back to hot school lunches. They have been designed to save you time and focus on key themes throughout the year. All promotions have free downloadable resources 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.

There are a number of Welsh resources available. If you require any others in Welsh please contact


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

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

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