'Just not good enough': Marcus Rashford slams free school meal parcels

Marcus Rashford helps out at a food bank

However, his real aim is to review food poverty at its roots, with all under-16s receiving free school meals if their parents receive benefits.

The 235 catering staff earned £1.05 an hour less in 2015 than if they had continued to be employed by the Council who implemented a living wage for directly-employed staff but not contractors.

The contents of the free school meal parcel has also sparked outrage from local foodbank providers in Greater Manchester.

Others received half a tomato, slices of cheese wrapped in cling film or plastic dishes containing dollops of baked beans and tuna.

The mother, who does not want to be identified, had thought it was supposed to last 10 school days and should have been worth £30.

Chartwells, which on its Twitter page claims to be "nourishing young bodies and minds with exceptional food and learning", wrote in response to @RoadsideMum's original post: "Thank you for bringing this to our attention, this does not reflect the specification of one of our hampers".

The firm said it had been required to provide thousands of food parcels "at extremely short notice" - but acknowledged it was insufficient and apologised.

Chartwells, the company which she said provided the parcel, responded to say they would investigate. I met their managing director earlier today and he has assured me they have taken immediate action to stop further deliveries of poor-quality parcels.

"Clearly, due to the pandemic, many people have unfortunately lost their jobs and are finding it very hard to manage at the moment".

Once again, this leaves many food insecure children without access to a healthy diet.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said Ms Ford has been "working flat out to get food to families who need it".

The government has said it was "committed" to a new voucher scheme.

He also said that Chartwells had clarified that "Chartwells supply FSM when schools are operational".

The Department for Education wrote on Twitter: "We have clear guidelines and standards for food parcels, which we expect to be followed".

The initial images drew widespread criticism.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the situation as "a disgrace".

Meanwhile, Dr Max Davie, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the contents of the food parcels were "not nutritionally sufficient for children and young people".

The government promised free school meals would be available for eligible children during the current lockdown. "The examples shared are an insult to the dignity of people who rely on this support".

In a Twitter thread, the England worldwide said he had been told free school meals hampers are "distributed to provide 10 lunch meals per child across two weeks", adding "Is one meal a day from Mon-Fri sufficient for children most vulnerable?" We MUST do better. It's horrific.' Teacher Zane Powles said he used the money to make up packs for kids at his school in Grimsby, adding: 'What I bought was better than what we get from the company we use'.

It is unclear which company supplied the parcels in the above two photos.

Free school meals firm offers very different serving at private schools.

23-year-old Rashford, from Wythenshawe, was the spearhead behind the social media campaign for free school meals last year.



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