Marcus Rashford Says Free School Meals Are ‘Not Good Enough’ As Parents Share Food Parcels

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Footballer and child poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford has slammed the amount given in the food parcels delivered to parents which are meant to be £30 worth of food. 

Any household with children that would usually qualify for free school meals at school has instead received an option of food parcels which they can prepare at home. Yet there has been a huge amount of backlash as people say they are not being given £30 worth of food in these packages.

In one particular ‘hamper’, which has been shared by an unnamed parent, it includes two potatoes, one tin of beans, eight single slices of cheese, a loaf of bread, three apples, two carrots, two bananas, two Soreen slices, three yoghurts, some pasta and a tomato – all of which is meant to last 10 days.

The person that received the above food parcel said that they decided to go on Asda’s food website to work out what this parcel would have actually totalled to.

She wrote: “Priced via Asda: Bread 89p Beans 85p Carrots 15p Apples 42p Potatoes 22p Tomato 11p Cheese £1.45 Frubes 33p Pasta 10p Soreen 40p Bananas 30p Public funds were charged £30. I’d have bought this for £5.22. The private company who have the #FSM contract made good profit here.”

As parents have begun sharing their food parcels online, it has led to many questioning the effectiveness of Chartwells, the company which has been awarded the contract to distribute the food, with many baffled at how they are getting away with it.

Marcus Rashford, who last year successfully campaigned for the government to extend its free school meals scheme, has deemed the food parcels received by parents as “not good enough”.

Later on, he tweeted: “Children deserve better than this.”

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