Roast Dinner Day

On Wednesday 9th November 2022, hundreds of schools across the country will celebrate school food by enjoying a delicious and healthy roast dinner.

What is Food for Life Roast Dinner Day?

Every year in November, caterers, schools and their communities come together to serve one of the nation’s favourite hot meals – the great roast dinner.

Roast Dinner Day celebrates a hot school lunch, encourages school meal take up and shines a spotlight on cooks and caterers.

This year we are celebrating on Wednesday 9th November - halfway through National School Meals Week

Why Roast Dinner Day is important

The cost of living

As the cost of living crisis hits families across the country, a hot and healthy school meal is more important than ever.

We are supporting the Feed the Future campaign, alongside Jamie Oliver, BiteBack 2030, Food Foundation and Chefs in Schools. 

The campaign calls for all children from families receiving Universal Credit to receive Free School Meals.

There are 800,000 children in England living in poverty who don't qualify for Free School Meals. 

Catering staff

Despite many challenges, caterers and school cooks across the country are continuing to serve delicious, nutritious school meals - and this should be celebrated! Join them in the lunch hall this Roast Dinner Day.

Get involved in Cook and Share

Roast Dinner Day is a great chance to take part in Cook and Share - our Food for Life Get Togethers event that encourages the nation to get cooking and share food with your local community. 

Perhaps you could link up with your local care home, or invite parents and grandparents into schools to tuck in to a roast with your school? 

Roast Resources

We've got some fab resources that will help your school celebrate. Including a menu, a colouring sheet and a poster to display.


Colouring Sheet


Boast about your roast

Join the conversation using #RoastDinnerDay and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SAfoodforlife

Download your free Roast Dinner Day resources

Roast Dinner Day Poster

Menu Poster

Roast Dinner Day Plate