National Schools Meals Week
Monday 5 – Friday 9 November – National School Meals Week (NSMW) is run by our friends at LACA (formerly Local Authority Caterers Association) with the aim of building awareness of healthy school meals and celebrating great school food around the country.
This week began with the release of a report based on parents’ views on school meals, healthy eating and daily lifestyle issues. You can read the report here.
The report polled 12,000 parents via the Parentpay website. Some findings we found particularly interesting were:
- 92% of parents want all schools to abide by the Government Nutritional Standards.
- 98% of parents want all schoolchildren to learn to cook and learn where their food comes from as part of the national curriculum.
- 97% of parents said that all primary school children should have the opportunity to grow food in a school garden (91% for secondary pupils).
- Over 90% of respondents agreed that teachers need extra support and training to integrate food education and growing into the National Curriculum.
- 83% of parents agreed with giving schools in areas of deprivation more money for their catering service.
Our independent evaluation shows the positive impact that a whole school approach can have on the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. It is therefore very encouraging to see the high value that parents involved in the survey place on the provision of nutritious school meals and the importance of cooking and growing activity to support wider food education.
As well as highlighting the value of healthy school food, National Schools Meals Week aims to encourage greater take up of school meals and support a whole school approach to healthy lifestyles through a series of themed days.
We would like to wish NSMW every success and join in the celebrations by extending a heartfelt thank you to all our school caterers and cooks for their continued hard work and the difference that they make every day by providing great school food.
You can find out more about NSMW here or follow them on Twitter