Taking place during National School Meals Week (NSMW) from 11 to 15 November, the LACA Taste for Yourself tour will visit all ten LACA regions at designated stops. Tying in with the 30th anniversary of LACA’s formation, the tour will offer a whole menu of activity, offering everyone involved in education catering the opportunity to get involved right across the NSMW week and in some cases beyond.
Now into its third year of touring the country, the Taste for Yourself campaign will have different messages promoted in each region to highlight issues of importance to the provision of school meals. In the north west, the tour will be addressing the use of palm oil; in the north east a visit to the Quorn factory will be about catering for meat-free diets and the increase in veganism; the east midlands will see the tour stop in the historical Spa Town of Buxton with its famous St Anne’s Well, where the message will be about the importance of hydration for pupils; the south west will see a visit to a fruit farm and highlight the importance of five-a-day in a healthy diet; the east of England region will be hosted by NFU East Anglia and will concentrate on the key role that British agriculture has in the school meals supply chain.
The Taste for Yourself tour is a school-based initiative to show pupils how good today’s school meals are. For older pupils, often the barrier is misconceptions and LACA is keen to make sure pupils know what variety and choice is on offer to them. When the ten regional visits have been completed, the combined messaging should paint a very positive picture about the school meals industry. Along the route, parents, journalists, local dignitaries and the public will be invited to enjoy some healthy, nutritious, freshly prepared school food.
As part of the 30th anniversary LACA has also launched a ‘#30 people, 30 School Meals Stories’ campaign where they will pay tribute to many of the heroes of the education catering industry. Other activities hosted by the organisation include the ‘Move it with LACA’ campaign, where children will be encouraged to get moving during NSMW and help improve their fitness on an ongoing basis. This can be tied in with the ‘daily mile’ campaign which is popular in many schools or to other initiatives involving a daily exercise regime.
During NSMW, LACA is also encouraging schools to invite an MP to lunch to show them just how good today’s school food is and how important it is in terms of health and well being for children to have a nutritious, two course lunch in the middle of the school day.