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The NACC Awards 2021 launch to recognise the unsung heroes of care catering

Published: 7th June 2021

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has officially launched the NACC Awards 2021.

The prestigious awards are open for entries with a deadline of Friday 16 July 2021.

From care homes to community services, such as Meals on Wheels and Lunch Clubs, NACC members are invited and encouraged to recognise the unsung heroes within their organisations and the care catering sector.

The judges are looking for inspirational examples of care catering innovation, excellence and dedication in the following categories:
  • The Triumph Over Adversity Award, sponsored by Bullseye Food Packaging
  • Care Establishment of the Year Award, sponsored by Hobart UK
  • Meals on Wheels Award, sponsored by apetito
  • Catering Team of the Year Award, sponsored by CaterCloud
  • Catering Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions
  • Our Care Catering Hero Award, sponsored by Premier Foods
The Triumph Over Adversity Award has returned for 2021, reflecting the ongoing challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic presents within the care sector and to recognise the significant business and/or personal difficulties teams and individuals have overcome to ensure the continued delivery of a quality meal service for residents and clients.

The shortlisted finalists will be revealed in August, with the overall winners announced and honoured by NACC members, industry colleagues and friends at a special gala awards dinner on Thursday 7th October 2021 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, as part of the NACC Training & Development Forum 2021*.

In addition to the five categories open for nominations, the recipients of the Pam Rhodes Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Anglia Crown, the National Chair’s Award and the ever-popular NACC Region of the Year Award, sponsored by Meiko, will be declared.

The NACC Awards 2021 nomination brochure with full nomination requirements can be downloaded here.

Sue Cawthray, National Chair of the NACC, said: “The NACC Awards are an incredibly important part of the NACC calendar of events and our opportunity to showcase and celebrate the exceptional talent, innovation and dedication that care caterers across the country consistently demonstrate.

“Good food and nutrition coupled with uplifting dining experiences are fundamental to quality care. Care caterers are keenly aware of the impact mealtimes can have on both physical and mental wellbeing and their desire to do the very best by their residents and clients drives excellence in our sector. This has never been more evident than throughout the pandemic, which has been a particularly challenging for care catering. Through our awards we have the privilege of sharing the many inspirational stories and initiatives. I encourage all our members to enter the NACC Awards 2021 and give our frontline unsung heroes the recognition they deserve.

“This year’s gala dinner will be an extremely special event as, once again, we will be able to get together with our members, industry colleagues and friends to celebrate our finalist and winners, and all the amazing accomplishments of our sector over the past year.”

Entry to the NACC Awards 2021 is open to members of the NACC.

For more information about how to become a member visit

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