Week of kid's lunches

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Tyredofallthis1 Wed 13-Jan-21 12:24:36

Found this - much better value for money from a local firm.


I haven't seen the boxes referred to in the papers, but if reports are true, it makes a mockery of it.

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Whiskyinajar Wed 13-Jan-21 12:28:33

Yes it shows just what can be done .

We've just started getting FSM and I've had a voucher for £30 for two weeks of midday meals. This has been a godsend as my son is autistic and a teenager so his diet can be quite narrow.

I've been able to go out today and buy two weeks worth of lunches including yoghurt, fruit and his beloved sausage rolls which I can freeze.,I've frozen the yoghurt too as he likes it frozen.

Caerphilly in Wales are doing amazing food parcels from what I've seen and also catering for autistic children too by putting in special requests.

It can be done.

Tyredofallthis1 Wed 13-Jan-21 14:00:13

I'm in the incredibly fortunate position that I don't need this help, but surely a voucher has to be a better way. It allows for things like food intolerances and preferences as well as a hunt for bargains.

Morrisons Food boxes look better, though I haven't tried them.

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ShetlandWife Wed 13-Jan-21 14:05:31

You could get much more for your money than that imo. Those tiny boxes of cereal are way overpriced for how much you get, and branded everything adds to the cost too.

ShetlandWife Wed 13-Jan-21 14:09:50

Although to be honest, I hadn't spotted that they included a kilo of cooked meat.

Which seems like a ridiculous amount, but does add to the value of the box.

Tyredofallthis1 Wed 13-Jan-21 14:37:34

@ShetlandWife - I just thought that it looked better than the pics going around about the current boxes provided. I wouldn't choose that lot. I'd go to my supermarket of choice and get own brand everything. I'd check for yellow stickers and special offers. And I'd work around food intolerances and preferences.

I think a lot depends on circumstances as well. Someone in emergency housing will be heavy on noodles, but someone with good access to cooking would be making soups.

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ShetlandWife Wed 13-Jan-21 14:40:57

Oh it does, by far. But also, the £15 apparently is usually about £8.50 on food, and the rest is costs like staffing and delivery etc. So based on that, this is nearly 2.5 times the amount of food that should be expected.

But yeah, some of those photos were absolutely pitiful. You know someone is making a lot of money from it.


Tyredofallthis1 Wed 13-Jan-21 15:03:58

I wonder if it would be better if they gave people a choice? I am lucky enough to have a car and my preference is for a huge Tesco eight miles away (yes, I have knocked that on the head and I'm sticking to the Aldi/Co-op) but just driving there is a huge Sainsburys and Asda in fifteen minutes drive. If I was walking I have a small Co-op and Aldi within say half an hour's walk and possible with a taxi. Vouchers would work around here.

But if you lived in a more isolated area, with less choice, maybe a box would be a better choice, but one with a little more in it. Has anyone tried Morrison's boxes?

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GlobeUs Wed 13-Jan-21 15:20:21

No, I don't agree - whilst it contains more food that the pictures that have been circulated, it does not contain nutritious food.

It does contain shit loads of sugar and shit loads of salt.

Tyredofallthis1 Wed 13-Jan-21 15:50:31

It's not brilliant, but I think that it's shelf stable, easy to prepare and won't leave kids feeling hungry.

Mind you, I thought baked beans were a good staple as I know when my late mum was in hospital, she was told to eat baked beans as often as she could stomach them.

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