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MetiNews.Com - Elaine Stacey says she will stop eating to feed her son

Berkshire news Reading mum will give up food to ensure her son can eat MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Elaine Stacey says she will stop eating to feed her son

Berkshire news  Reading mum will give up food to ensure her son can eat  MetiNews.Com
13 January 2021 - 08:15

Breaking News ! A mum from Reading says she will give up food to ensure her son is fed as a national row over school meals continues. Elaine Stacey says she was given a food parcel "worth £3" to feed her 17-year-old son for a week. It contained a loaf of bread, weighed-out pasta in a sandwich bag, three jelly pots and a jar of Dolmio sauce During the previous lockdown, she was given £15 food vouchers. The 41-year-old told the PA news agency: “I was up all night and I didn’t know what to do today. I almost thought I’d have to go to the shop and steal food.” Ms Stacey, a carer, said she sorted her jewellery out on Monday night, with the intention of pawning it to pay for food, “but there are no shops open”. Her son has Huntington’s disease, ASD and ADHD, and was given high-calorie drinks by his doctor after losing too much weight. She said: “I am giving up my food to feed my son. “I have never been in this position before, I am a saver so for a rainy day I have had to use everything up on the other bills because we are home all the time, the electric gets used more, I have to have it on because he has gotten so skinny he gets cold really quickly.” Read More Related Articles Berkshire records more than 850 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours Read More Related Articles Reading Borough Council rakes in nearly half-a-million pounds from fines at ONE bus lane Her daughter, 11, was offered free meals in school but because Ms Stacey is shielding, she hasn’t been able to get in, so currently gets nothing – although the school said it is looking into ways it can help. A friend heard how desperate she was and transferred her some money and she "ran" to the nearest shop to stock up on food. Elaine added: "If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know what I would have done. There are children suffering, big time. This is going to affect their health further on.

. A spokesman for the Prime Minister described some of the packages as “completely unacceptable” and an investigation has been launched. One image showed a £30 package, which was supplied by a different company to the one Elaine has received her food from, which was estimated to contain around £5 worth of food. However, the supplier, Chartwells, which supplies meals to families in Reading, disputed this. A spokesperson said: “We have had time to investigate the picture circulated on Twitter. For clarity this shows five days of free school lunches (not ten days) and the charge for food, packing and distribution was actually £10.50 and not £30 as suggested. “However, in our efforts to provide thousands of food parcels a week at extremely short notice we are very sorry the quantity has fallen short in this instance.” The PM’s spokesman added: “The Department for Education is looking into this urgently and the minister for children, Vicky Ford, is speaking to the company responsible and they will be making it clear that boxes like this should not be given to families.” Read More Related Articles Reading families relying on Chartwells free school meals Read More Related Articles 'This is disgusting' - Parents hit out after 'shocking' free school meal parcel images shared Neil Fuller, managing director of Caterlink, another firm supplying school dinners, said: “All children require nutritious food to support their learning, whilst at school, or at home. “We have listened to feedback from parents and pupils, and in some cases it is clear our parcels have fallen short. “We have immediately reviewed our current food parcels, enhancing the contents. These enhancements have been funded by our organisation’s charitable foundation, WSH Foundation. “The enhanced parcels will be prepared by a site-based catering team and will be available for distribution in the coming days.”

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