Cornwall news School meal parcels that replaced £30 vouchers cost as little as £9 UK news
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Price comparisons from several supermarkets have revealed the contents of free school meal parcels sent to families in Cornwall that replaced the £30 vouchers cost as little as £8.73. The hampers are supposed to support one child for two weeks of remote schooling during the lockdown, and are in place of either an on-site free meal per day or the £30 vouchers which were scrapped by the Government last year. Catering company Autograph, according to its website, supplies meals and trains food staff at 20 primary and secondary schools in Cornwall, including Richard Lander School in Truro. It has also been supplying free school meal hampers to families of some of these schools since the third lockdown began. In an email several parents have posted on social media, Autograph - which used to be part of Interserve but has been owned by Mitie since November - told families what was on offer in the parcels: Penne pasta 1kg Cheddar cheese 300g Tin of chopped tomatoes 800g Tuna 185g tin x2 Carrots x 1kg Cucumber x1 Jacket potato x3 Loaf of bread x1 Baked beans 415g tin Peppers x3 Tomatoes x3 Applies x5 Bananas x3 Oranges x2 But CornwallLive did a comparison shop for the items online at Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury's, which showed the contents can be bought for less than a third of the value of the scrapped £30 vouchers. The cost, choosing the cheapest versions, were £8.73 from Aldi, £9.20 at Sainsbury's and £12.85 from Asda. The full breakdown can be seen in the graphic below. A price comparison of the contents of Autograph's food parcel, using numbers from the relevant supermarket's online grocery site. (Image: Asda/Sainsburys/Aldi) The company would, of course, have to pay logistical costs, such as transport and storage, but is also likely to get the items for less by buying in bulk from wholesalers.
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This was sent to parents at a school in Cornwall via email, and shows what the hampers contain - as well as meal suggestions. This comes as a national controversy over the quality of free school meal parcels saw food poverty activists Jack Monroe and footballer Marcus Rashford push the Government to bring back the £30 food vouchers.
Cornwall parents say ‘war rations were better’ than ‘unacceptable' meal parcels
Cornwall Council demands answers over ‘meagre’ free school meal parcels The issue came to attention when Twitter account RoadsideMum shared a picture of a food parcel meant to last 10 days which contained: 2 potatoes A small block of cheese A can of baked beans 2 bananas 2 carrots 3 applies A tomato A small portion of pasta 3 Frubes CornwallLive was then contacted by several parents who were also concerned about the quality of their own children’s food parcels. Read the full story here. We are highlighting the issue as part of our Unseen Cornwall campaign to raise awareness of poverty and deprivation in the county that many do not even know exists. See more here. Cornwall Councillor Sally Hawken, Cabinet member for children and public health, said she had contacted all providers in the county for a comment on the quality of the parcels. She said of the issue: “I got a picture last night from one mum and it was unacceptable, if I’d taken £15 to any of our shops and spent it I’d end up with more on your table and more in your kitchen than I could see in that box.” In a press release, Ms Hawken added: “It is not acceptable for less well-off families to be short-changed in this way. “I understand that these food parcels were delivered at short notice after the decision to close schools, but we also need to ensure what is being provided is nutritious, balanced and good value for money. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. While the announcement was made that food vouchers would be returning - some schools are still using food parcels such as these.
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