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Not too late to get involved in National School Meals Week

11 October 2010 by
Not too late to get involved in National School Meals Week

It's still not too late to get involved in this year's National School Meals Week (NSMW), which starts 8 November.

Bigger and better than ever before, NSMW is organised by the Local Authority Caterers Association as a showcase for the healthy school meals service.

This year, there's a range of themed days throughout the week, with Get Eating marking the start. The Monday event will see parents and local dignitaries invited along to take part in Britain's biggest school lunch.

Hospitality plays its part on Tuesday under the banner of Get Supporting, which will see businesses across the sector supporting their local schools.

For example, in Cambridgeshire, pupils from a primary school will be visiting their local Hotel du Vin to see their winning competition dish put on the hotel's restaurant specials board. The children will also get to make healthy smoothies and learn how to lay a table for service in the bistro. The hotel's chef and bistro manager will then return with them to school to help with the lunch service - run by Cambridgeshire Catering Services.

The week also includes Get Dancing, Get Remembering and Get Giggling days as well, and there are loads of free resources for teachers to download to make sure the initiative is a huge success. The resources, such as videos suitable for assemblies, can be used throughout the year to reinforce the healthy eating message at no cost.

National School Meals Week takes place from 8-12 November and full details and resources are available on the website.

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By Chris Druce

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