Marcus Rashford and Jack Monroe have slammed the free school meal parcels put together to feed vulnerable families.
Photos of the parcels, which are meant to provide enough food for families currently homeschooling in line with the government Lockdown rules, have been doing the rounds on social media. Families eligible for free school meals are entitled to £30 food vouchers, but instead of being given these, a number of families have been palmed off with food parcels, which clearly cost a fraction of that price to put together. This has left many wondering what the private companies contracted to provide the parcels are doing with the rest of the money. In some cases, the food provided in the parcels could be costing as little as £5, meaning these companies are making a huge profit off of vulnerable children.
Footballer and food poverty campaigner, Marcus Rashford, has taken to Twitter to show his disgust at the parcels; saying they’re “just not good enough.”
3 days of food for 1 family...
Just not good enough. pic.twitter.com/Y7FJEFFAma
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 11, 2021
As well as Marcus, Jack Monroe has also taken to social media to slam the parcels.
After the parcels received a lot of press coverage, the chef and cookbook author has now broken the wonderful news that eligible families should now receive vouchers instead of these inexcusable food parcels.
NATIONAL FREE SCHOOL MEAL VOUCHER SCHEME IS COMING BACK NEXT WEEK! We did it!!! THANKYOU!!!!
I’m crying into the cat 🐈 Christ I need some sleep
— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) January 13, 2021
Jack appeared on Channel 5 News to discuss the scandal and open up about personal struggles the cookbook author has experienced in the past.
"I've made a living out of making meals from thin air and hope - but you can't, you literally can't"@BootstrapCook has expressed their outrage at the food parcels which have been sent to families as part of the free school meals scheme.#FreeSchoolMeals | #5NewsTonight pic.twitter.com/mf2OOUqtGK
— Channel 5 News (@5_News) January 12, 2021
And Marcus has spoken with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who agrees that the parcels are unacceptable, and he is “committed to correcting the issue”.
Just had a good conversation with the Prime Minister. He has assured me that he is committed to correcting the issue with the food hampers and that a full review of the supply chain is taking place. He agrees that images of hampers being shared on Twitter are unacceptable.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) January 13, 2021
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