Cheshire news What we bought for £30 after outrage over free school meal food hampers PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - We spent £29.01 and purchased 43 healthy and child-friendly items
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Parents across the country have slammed the quality and quantity of food hampers meant to replace free school meals. Images were shared widely on social media of parcels which should have been a £30 supply for two children but only contained a few pounds' worth of food. One Ellesmere Port mum blasted the government after receiving a food parcel for her three daughters with nowhere near enough nutritious, healthy brain food to support online learning during the pandemic. Viral pictures attracted the attention of child poverty campaigner and footballer Marcus Rashford and celebrated budget cooking author Jack Monroe, who led calls for answers from the Government and its private suppliers. According to the government website, schools can claim to be reimbursed up to £15 per eligible FSM pupil per week. A food parcel provided to Bryony McNelis in Birkenhead. The government has apologised for sub-standard free school meals during lockdown (Image: Bryony McNelis) Here at Cheshire Live, we decided to go to a major supermarket to see how much food we could buy for the £30 allocated for a week for two primary school FSM pupils. Forty-five minutes later and £29.01 lighter, we emerged from Aldi with 43 items which included a range of meat, bananas, a large bag of potatoes, apples, clementines, grapes and broccoli, dried goods, bread, eggs, pasta, a range of sauces and a few treats thrown in for good measure such as some digestive biscuits and a multi-pack of crisps.
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The shop came to £29.01 Earlier today, education secretary Gavin Williamson announced schools will be able to ditch free school meal hampers and replace them with vouchers from Monday. Schools will have the option to continue using local services but Mr Williamson confirmed to the Education Committee in the Commons that the scheme would return next week. It will give parents £15 vouchers which will be used in supermarkets to buy a week's worth of food for their child. Marcus Rashford welcomed the progress, after he told his Twitter followers that he had talked to the prime minister, who he said had promised a review of the supply chain for food hampers for children on free school meals. “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," he tweeted.
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