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Stir it up magazine July 2017

25 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 www.NSMW.org.uk. NSMW will have new themes for 2017 as well as the tried and tested ones such as Fish Friday and Under the Sea EDUCATION Prue Leith heads ‘Let’s get Cooking’ campaign Celebrity chef, author and food campaigner Prue Leith has become the patron of the country’s leading voice on children’s food. The Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking programme welcomes Prue as its patron as it continues its campaign to see more children eating better. Prue said: “If food education was part of every child’s curriculum at school, so that every child was taught about food, learned to cook, and was encouraged to eat a decent diet, we’d go a long way to solving the obesity problem in the space of one generation. “Children who live on junk food and snacks are at a disadvantage from the start. We are risking their health and that is nothing short of shameful.” She continued: “Of course there are headteachers who recognise children need to be properly fed to do well and they see that their pupils all learn to cook. But some schools struggle with tight budgets, tight timetables, parents who themselves don’t recognise the value of a good diet and inadequate facilities. For them a Let’s Get Cooking club can be a boon. They know that the food will be good and healthy, the teaching will be excellent, and the children will enjoy it.” Let’s Get Cooking has the largest network of cooking clubs in schools in the UK. For more information visit www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/lets-get-cooking/. JULY 2017


Stir it up magazine July 2017
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