National School Meals Week (NSMW) is run by the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) and promotes healthy school meals. A school lunch helps young people recharge their batteries to be at their best for afternoon lessons. This year NSMW takes place from 7th to 11th November.


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Today is all about inviting people to have a school meal. This could be a local politician or celebrity, someone from the media or a sports person. Who will you invite? Or will you leave it up to the pupils? They could have a vote to see who they would like to have lunch with. And you could use a delicious Dolmio sauce to add to pasta to make a healthy main course to serve to your guests

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NSMW is going global as we want pupils to learn about food from around the world. We’re focusing on five countries so you can organise a school lunch promotion around India, Mexico, China, Italy and the UK. Theme days are a great way to increase school lunch take-up. Serve a themed menu with some delicious dishes for the pupils to try.

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It is time to have some fun with food as everyone is encouraged to get creative. This could be cooking and tasting new dishes or designing funny faces on a pizza base or as part of a salad.These ideas could be included in a cookery lesson or even an art class.
They will fit in perfectly with a whole school approach to learning more about healthy food, what it tastes like and where it comes from.

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School meals play an important part in having your 5-a-day and they often contribute two to three portions each day. On this day we want to put across how lucky young people are to have hot, tasty food available at lunchtime in school. Especially when compared to poorer countries in the world. This is why we are linking up with the charity Mary’s Meals who provide a fortified porridge at lunchtime so that children go to school to have their only meal of the day and then learn while they are there.

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Today Simon Weston, the Falklands War hero gives an interview about the importance of the 11th day of the 11th month and what it stands for. This can be used as part of a school assembly and it also links to the National Curriculum and World War 2. This has an important link with school meals as the current system was set up under the Education Act 1944. You can use the National School Meals Week tools to create awareness of Remembrance Day and there is a fundraising guide if you wanted to raise money, which is optional.

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