SHOPPERS have shared snaps of their £30 food shop as Marcus Rashford slammed the free school meal hampers for struggling families.
Photos circulating online by angry parents, and shared by the footballer, show the food parcels parents have received.
One woman, called Roadside Mum, uploaded the contents of her children’s food package, which contained one tomato, a tin of beans and two carrots, among other items.
Sharing the snap of the contents, which she claims was provided by Chartwells, to Twitter, she said: “#FreeSchoolMeals bag for 10 days:
“2 days jacket potato with beans. 8 single cheese sandwiches.
“2 days carrots. 3 days apples. 2 days soreen. 3 days frubes.
“Spare pasta & tomato. Will need mayo for pasta salad.
“Issued instead of £30 vouchers. I could do more with £30 to be honest.”
The tweet was shared by Marcus Rashford, who’s called the parcel ‘unacceptable’.
He asked: “Where is this being rolled out?
“If families are entitled to £30 worth of food, why is there delivery only equating to just over £5?!
“1 child or 3, this what they are receiving? Unacceptable.
“Children deserve better than this…”
He shared snaps of other boxes parents claimed to have received as part of the free school meals initiative, adding: “Just not good enough.
“We MUST do better. This is 2021.”
Although he did point out: "Chartwells supply FSM when schools are operational. Chartwells is not the exclusive supplier of FSM across the UK."
Fellow parents shared snaps of their own £30 shops and receipts in outrage, to compare with what struggling families were receiving.
One mum wrote: “If anyone is struggling to picture £30 of food, off to bed but found the #Aldi part of my shopping list from last week. Came to just under £30.
“For £30 for just lunches for 10 days these kids should be eating like royalty not thrown scraps!”
Another said: “As @BootstrapCook points out – on the left is what you can buy with just £20 in a supermarket if you shop wisely. On the right is what local authorities are providing for our most vulnerable kids instead of a £30 food voucher.”
While a third wrote: “We did a bit of shopping for one of our customers the other day – this is what £30 of food looks like. What @Chartwells_UK are doing is an absolute disgrace. The symbolism of a bit of food in a moneybag is disgusting, as well. Shame on them.”
This person Tweeted: "For the record, this is what £20 of food looks like at supermarket prices without the benefit of bulk discount. (My food shop a couple of months ago).
"Here’s another one of my £20 shops recently."
And this person added: “#FreeSchoolMeals On the left £30 of food. On the right what private company Chartwells have supplied having been awarded a government contract to supply for £30 free school meals.
“Utterly shameful profiteering off some of the country's most disadvantaged kids!”
Roadside Mum did her own investigation, and claimed the value of the box only comes to £5.22.
The mum shared her maths, writing: “Priced via Asda:
“Bread 89p. Beans 85p. Carrots 15p. Apples 42p. Potatoes 22p. Tomato 11p. Cheese £1.45. Frubes 33p. Pasta 10p. Soreen 40p. Bananas 30p
“Public funds were charged £30. I'd have bought this for £5.22.
“The private company who have the #FSM contract made good profit here.”
Chartwells responded to her, saying: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention, this does not reflect the specification of one of our hampers. Please can you DM us the details of the school that your child attends and we will investigate immediately.”
Her tweet went viral, racking up more than 38,000 likes, with MP Vicky Ford, Minister for Schools, saying she was "looking into this urgently".
While the Department for Education (DofE) also responded, saying they too were looking into the situation.
Fabulous Digital has reached out to Chartwells for comment.
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