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Breaking News ! Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says he was 'absolutely disgusted' by the standard of free school meal parcels being given to families. Social media was flooded with images of 'woefully inadequate' packages received by parents in place of the free school lunches their children would usually receive. It came after Twitter user @RoadsideMum shared what she received in lieu of a fortnight's worth of supermarket vouchers, which she estimated to be worth around £5. Last night the company behind the parcels apologised, saying that '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'. After investigating, they said the photo in question showed five days worth of food and the charge for food, packing and distribution was actually £10.50 and not £30 as suggested. Read More Related Articles Survey: Do you think we need tougher lockdown restrictions and rules? Read More Related Articles Free school meal parcel to feed kids for 10 days - it's meant to be £30 worth However, Mr Williamson, speaking at an education select committee meeting this morning, said it was 'not acceptable'. He said: "As a dad myself I thought how could a family in receipt of that really be expected to deliver five nutritious meals as is required, it’s just not acceptable.
The photo from @RoadsideMum of her food parcel
“We will not live with that,” he said. “There are clear standards that are set there that they need to deliver against and if they do not deliver against them, action will have to be taken.” Have you received a food parcel from school? Are you happy with it? What do you think about the images of food parcels being shared by parents? Let us know in the comments here, or share your views on our Manchester Family Facebook page. Mr Willamson said Chartwells had apologised for the incident and that the government would support any school that needed to take action against a food contractor.
He also revealed that from next week the national voucher scheme will return, something that many schools and parents have been campaigning for. It means that schools or councils working with Edenred UK can get gift cards for supermarkets to allow parents to choose what to spend the money on. Some schools may still choose to provide food boxes via existing food contracts, or take on their own local voucher schemes, for which they'll be reimbursed by the government.
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