Parents have been sharing images of the food parcels they’ve been given instead of £30 vouchers, and their lack of contents have sparked outrage.
Instead of £30 food vouchers, food parcels are being delivered to disavantaged families that are in need.
The amount of food provided instead of vouchers has been criticised as being inadequate however. A lot of families have claimed that they would be able to buy much more food with £30 than that which has been provided.
#FreeSchoolMeals bag for 10 days:
2 days jacket potato with beans
8 single cheese sandwiches
2 days carrots
3 days apples
2 days soreen
3 days frubes
Spare pasta & tomato. Will need mayo for pasta salad.
Issued instead of £30 vouchers. I could do more with £30 to be honest. pic.twitter.com/87LGUTHXEu
— Roadside Mum 🐯 (@RoadsideMum) January 11, 2021
Marcus Rashford has expressed his concern on Twitter. The footballer is a well known advocator of ending child hunger, having lobbied the Government into continuing free school meals for children through the holidays twice last year.
Then imagine we expect the children to engage in learning from home. Not to mention the parents who, at times, have to teach them who probably haven’t eaten at all so their children can…
We MUST do better. This is 2021 https://t.co/mEZ6rCA1LE
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 11, 2021
Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer has also raised his concern.
The images appearing online of woefully inadequate free school meal parcels are a disgrace.
Where is the money going?
This needs sorting immediately so families don’t go hungry through lockdown.
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) January 12, 2021
Some parcels were supplied by private firm Chartwells. The group has been accused of having links to the Conservative party, as their former chairman was once a member of David Cameron’s business advisory group.
Twitter users have expressed their outrage, alleging that the firm is effectively making a profit by only providing £5 worth of food where they should be providing £30.
A private company is distributing about £5 worth of food to school children but charging the tax payer £30.
A private company making profit from hungry children, disgraceful. https://t.co/tRkTUKBHAh
— Freddie (@FreddieBailey96) January 11, 2021
The problem with Britain is a large chunk of the population think its an outrage if a poor person spends a fraction of a food voucher on booze but don't bat an eye when private firms take 80% of food vouchers for their own profits
— Shlomo. (@hapoelorient) January 11, 2021
The firm did respond to one of the tweets, claiming that they are investigating the inadequate package.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention, this does not reflect the specification of one of our hampers. Please can you DM us the details of the school that your child attends and we will investigate immediately.
— Chartwells (@Chartwells_UK) January 11, 2021
Marcus Rashford was able to organise a conversation with Chartwells and wrote a summary of some of the key points from this discussion. You can check out the thread below.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 12, 2021
The footballer also advised anyone in need to check out his website dedicating to supporting disadvantaged families in need of food. If you are struggling, please access Rashford’s website here.