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A loaf and a block of cheese is not lunch for ten days

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ZazieSheHer · 12/01/2021 10:00

So some of the free school lunch boxes contain very little food.

Marcus Rashford condemns free school meal packages

“...a package, supposedly containing £30 worth of food to last for 10 days, comprising just a loaf of bread, some cheese, a tin of beans, two carrots, two bananas, three apples, two potatoes, a bag of pasta, three Frubes, two Soreen bars and a tomato”.

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Can’t imagine what it’s like home schooling hungry kids. Would like to say I’m shocked but I’m not.

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AWeeBit · 12/01/2021 10:01

I am incensed. This needs to be rectified immediately - to profit off the backs of hungry children is utterly abominable.

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5zeds · 12/01/2021 10:09

Pasta/bread/potatoe. Main carb
Fruit/soreen loaf/frubes. Pudding
Beans/carrots/cheese. Flavour/protein

I’d say a little light on protein but probably enough for ten lunches

GavsCloakOfInvisibility · 12/01/2021 10:10

That's 5 rounds of sandwiches, one snack and one piece of fruit, with pasta and potatoes to spare.

Sounds like what I'd give my kids for lunch.

GavsCloakOfInvisibility · 12/01/2021 10:11

My apologies, brain skimmed over 10 days.

For 5 days, this is fine. For 10 days, not good enough.

5zeds · 12/01/2021 10:11

But that is NOT £30 worth of food

Glitterandunicorns · 12/01/2021 10:12

The issue isn't the quantity of food so much; it's that the company are charging the Government £30 for that, which has been costed to about £5. It is thoroughly disgusting.

zaphodbeeble · 12/01/2021 10:12

Ffs people it’s about the company taking the £30, spending a fiver on the lunches and pocketing the rest

fireearthwaterair · 12/01/2021 10:12

The issue is that it’s supposed to be £30 worth of food that the parents are entitled to!

People have added up that’s it’s not much more than £5 worth!! Where is the £25 going?

feelingverylazytoday · 12/01/2021 10:13

That food parcel is bad, an obvious rip off. Though I think some food parcels are being unfairly criticised. The one that was posted on here a few days ago was good, but that was one made up by the school.

Porcupineintherough · 12/01/2021 10:13

For £30 that doesnt seem a great deal. But is it meant to be £30 of food or are the on-costs (admin, purchase, storage, distribution) supposed to come out of it also?

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nannapat58 · 12/01/2021 10:14

It's not block of cheese it's them individual slices of cheese

LegoPirateMonkey · 12/01/2021 10:14

I’ve written to my MP. It’s a disgrace. I can’t believe this government is failing to feed poor children AGAIN.

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DecemberSun · 12/01/2021 10:14

There are costs involved, wages, rates, storage. It's naive to assume the whole amount should be spent on food.

SFHJ · 12/01/2021 10:15

Unpopular opinion.
Sorry but it’s for school lunches why should it be £30 a week, it’s not for a whole weeks shop, maybe it’s changed to the parcel which does contain the lunches for the relevant amount of days as it’s more cost effective for the schools providing it. There is only limited budgets and our grandchildren are going to paying for this for rest of their lives.
Why can’t people be grateful for the help they do get. People are always wanting more.

Mrsjayy · 12/01/2021 10:16

Pasta/bread/potatoe. Main carb
Fruit/soreen loaf/frubes. Pudding
Beans/carrots/cheese. Flavour/protein

I’d say a little light on protein but probably enough for ten lunches


What are you on ! Please do is a menu for 10 days for 1 school child ! The point being this company IS not providing £30 worth of food it's a bloody disgrace

WrongKindOfFace · 12/01/2021 10:16

So which Tory is making money out of this?

The food parcels supplied are an absolute disgrace.

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LegoPirateMonkey · 12/01/2021 10:17

@SFHJ in this case it’s the private company taking £20-25 worth of taxpayer money for their own profits, so it’s them who are wanting more than they deserve. We are paying £30 for each of these inadequate parcels but instead of it feeding hungry children, it’s going to wealthy Tory donors. Which would you rather our grandchildren were funding?

WrongKindOfFace · 12/01/2021 10:18

@DecemberSun

There are costs involved, wages, rates, storage. It's naive to assume the whole amount should be spent on food.

Indeed. But £25 on overheads is a blatant pisstake.
DenisetheMenace · 12/01/2021 10:18

Today 10:13 feelingverylazytoday

That food parcel is bad, an obvious rip off. Though I think some food parcels are being unfairly criticised. The one that was posted on here a few days ago was good, but that was one made up by the school.“

There’s the difference, school cares about the recipients and isn’t trying to profit.
I’m interested to find out which company is providing these “£30” (or £6 in Lidl) parcels.

feelingverylazytoday · 12/01/2021 10:18

@fireearthwaterair

The issue is that it’s supposed to be £30 worth of food that the parents are entitled to!

People have added up that’s it’s not much more than £5 worth!! Where is the £25 going?

You don't get £30 worth of food when you get FSM. The money covers the wages of everyone involved in the process.
Even so, that parcel comes up short, and I say that as someone who has lived on a very low budget.
edwinbear · 12/01/2021 10:19

He's wrong though, it's not supposed to be "3 days food for 1 family", it's 3 days food for 1 child. We can't afford for schools to feed entire families.

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