Marcus Rashford slams food sent to kids learning from home

Marcus Rashford has slammed food parcels that were sent to children and families learning from home.

The Man United footballer and food poverty campaigner criticised the hampers that have been supplied to people in need on Twitter.

Those who have received the parcels would normally qualify for free school lunches but after children were moved to remote learning the system was changed.

While some local authorities have supplied carers and parents with supermarket vouchers to help pay for lunches, others have been sending out food themselves.

But a number of these parcels appear to have fallen short of acceptable and are being called out online by Marcus and parents.

An advocate for free school meals, Marcus tweeted an image which showed a number of white paper bags with unspecified contents, four apples, a tin of beans, two cartons of juice, a pouch of jelly and two snacks.

Sign up for a new-look Echo newsletter

It’s never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the Liverpool Echo newsletter. Twice a day, seven days a week, we’ll deliver the biggest stories straight to your inbox.

We’ll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. You won’t miss a thing.

How do I sign up?

It’s free, easy and takes no time at all.

  1. First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre.
  2. Once you’re there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Echo Daily News button. There are other newsletters available too if you want them as well.
  3. When you’ve made your choice, press the Save Changes button.

He said: “3 days of food for 1 family… Just not good enough.”

A short time later, he tweeted again: “Then imagine we expect the children to engage in learning from home.

“Not to mention the parents who, at times, have to teach them who probably haven’t eaten at all so their children can…

“We MUST do better. This is 2021.”

In another exchange, that the government replied to, a mum tweeted an image which showed a loaf of bread, some cheese, a tin of beans, two carrots, two bananas, two potatoes, a bag of pasta, three Frubes and a tomato.

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.”

Enter your postcode below to find the latest figures where you live

In response to the tweet, the Department for Education said: “We are looking into this.

“We have clear guidelines and standards for food parcels, which we expect to be followed.

“Parcels should be nutritious and contain a varied range of food.”

The government guidelines urge schools to work with their catering teams to provide food parcels to eligible free school meal pupils who are at home.

According to the guidelines, the parcels should contain food items rather than pre-prepared meals that allow parents to prepare healthy lunches for their children.

The hampers should not rely on parents having additional ingredients at home and cater for pupils of all diets.

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News