The government instructed schools to work out this issue on their own
Low-income families, whose children are entitled to free school meals, began to receive parcels of food at home during quarantine, writes The Guardian. The government contracted with Chartwells, which pledged to ship £ 30 worth of full meals.
However, parents were unhappy with the amount of food. The mother of one of the schoolchildren posted a photo of the contents of the package on Twitter: there was a loaf of bread, some cheese, a can of canned beans, two carrots, two bananas, three apples, two potatoes, a pack of pasta, one tomato and two chocolate bars. “To be honest, I could have bought a lot more for £ 30.”– added the woman. Later, the photo was posted by the deputy leader of the Labor Party, Angela Rainer.
Tories attack working class parents and say they can’t be trusted with food vouchers because they will buy alcohol & drugs.
The only people being feckless and irresponsible with public money are Ministers spending £ 30 on £ 5 of food and giving the rest to profiteering companies. pic.twitter.com/gKHsIXxlRc
– Angela Rayner 😷 (@AngelaRayner) January 13, 2021
The Department of Education agreed with the parents’ arguments, and Chartwells apologized and promised to make up for the difference in the number of products.
On January 13, during a fierce debate with the opposition, which demanded an urgent review of the issue of school meals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a change in the scheme of free meals. Schools will now decide whether to send ready-made food parcels to low-income families or to issue food vouchers, The Guardian reports.