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MetiNews.Com - Bryony McNelis says a halved cucumber and pepper 'went off straight away' because they weren't packaged properly
Breaking News ! A mum was left speechless at a "shocking" food parcel provided as part of the government's free school meals scheme. Boris Johnson's administration belatedly agreed to provide meals for children during lockdown thanks to a remarkable campaign by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford last year. However the Tories have been blasted again after numerous examples of woefully inadequate food parcels, provided by private firms contracted by the Government to deliver the scheme. Bryony McNelis, from Birkenhead, joined the chorus of shocked parents and carers forced to ask for help, picking up the package supposedly containing five days of lunches from her children's school. The 24-year-old, who has two boys aged four and eight, lost her job at the Cavendish Pub early last year after the business shut due to the covid lockdown. She told the ECHO: "When I opened it I was just shocked, literally shocked, I can't even explain how I felt. "My children don't like cheese or beans, so the cheese is just sitting in the fridge and the beans are in the cupboard. Read More Related Articles All the new-look Liverpool Echo newsletters and how to sign up for them Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it "They actually sliced a cucumber and a pepper in half and they went off straight away because they hadn't been wrapped properly. "I don't understand why they haven't given us vouchers, I could get a lot more for the money and I know what my kids will like.
. I know it's not a big deal having to stay at home but when you're already on a low income I feel like it's just depressing, you lose all motivation."
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Bryony posted a picture of the parcel's meagre contents on Facebook, showing a single egg, a banana, a potato, half a green pepper, half a cucumber, two small tins of beans, a small portion of pasta, a carrot, five cherry tomatoes, a bag of grated cheese and some slices of bread. She captioned the picture: "After losing jobs from the beginning of the year (2020) and having no other choice than to ask for help, this is what I received to make five meals for my two boys age eight and four (the baby ate an apple before the picture was taken)." Enter your postcode below to find the latest coronavirus figures where you live:
She later edited the post after offers of help came in, saying: "Thank you all for the offers for help! I’m well and truly overwhelmed with it all and it’s been sorted. "I just know that there are more families struggling like this at the minute. "Hopefully if the posts I’ve seen similar to mine get into somebody’s brains and shake them because it’s just so sad to see it happening everywhere." At Prime Minister's Questions today Mr Johnson accepted images of food parcels going viral on social media were "disgraceful" and said some of the firms involved have apologised. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson also admitted the situation was "unacceptable" and said schools would be able to offer vouchers from next week
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