Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
The quality of the food parcels some children on free school meals have been given is appalling. These parcels, provided by private suppliers, are supposed to feed a child for 10 days. Children are entitled to £30 worth of food but the items that have been included here can be bought in the supermarket for less than £5. Where has the rest of the money gone?
The Government has to sort this out urgently, to ensure children get the nutritious food they need and that private companies are not profiteering at their expense.
At PMQs today, Keir Starmer raised with the Prime Minister his concerns about the quality of food “hampers” that had been delivered to children on free school meals. Fortunately in Bristol free school meal deliveries have been of significantly higher quality, but please do let me know if you, or anyone you know, has any problems.
The Prime Minister agreed with Keir and said the quality of these parcels was “disgraceful”. Keir pointed out that the Government’s own guidance on what should be provided is almost identical to what was pictured- see the chart below! Rather than shirk the blame as is typical of him, Boris Johnson needs to accept responsibility and sort this out, to ensure no child goes hungry as a result of school closures. We can’t have private companies profiteering at the expense of our children’s health and wellbeing.