First activities for NSMW 2017 unveiled

LACA (Lead Association for Catering in Education) has announced the first planned activities for National School Meals Week 2017, which will take place from November 13th – 17th. Many of the popular elements of the NSMW programme in recent years will be taking place again along with new activities that will offer opportunities for everyone to take part. They include: –

#cookeditmyselfie Introduced in 2016, this proved to be a great success with hundreds of entries. Tweet your best examples of school meals with the chance of winning free marketing.

Host a School Chef Now in its fourth year, this hugely popular programme is firmly established in the National School Meals Week calendar. The initiative aims to give school chefs the opportunity to spend a day working in fine dining establishments alongside some of the most famous names in the world of haute cuisine. The Craft Guild of Chefs has once again pledged the support of its members and venues already signed up for 2017 including the 5* Chester Grosvenor Hotel, as well as Rick Stein’s restaurants.

National Roast Dinner Day The Soil Association’s Food For Life is again positioning its NRDD in the middle of the week’s activities and many schools take the opportunity to invite their pupils’ family members into the dining rooms to see for themselves how good school food is.

NSMW Daily Marathon ‘Powered by School Food’ – Karen Robinson, a member of LACA’s National School Meals Week team, will be running a marathon through LACA’s many regions supported by as many LACA members, school pupils and supporters as possible. Schools along the route will encourage their children to run a ‘Daily Mile’ with LACA.

Theme Days Always a big hit with the schools. This year there will be new themes alongside the tried and trusted favourites. For more information and to download free resources with new themes for theme days visit

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