Readers react to food parcels sent out for Nottingham children

Readers have spoken out over pictures of a Nottingham mum’s food parcel for her children.

It comes after one woman described her “shock” after seeing what was inside the parcel intended for her two children.

Carla Parker, 40, of Clifton, said: “We had a loaf of bread, a tin of beans, a tin of spaghetti hoops, a tin of sweetcorn, two tins of tuna, two potatoes, a quarter of a cucumber, two apples, one orange and two sachets of yogurt.

“I’m a single mum of two and cannot work, but I could definitely get more from £15 doing my own shopping.

“My friends were the same, all felt disgusted by it.”

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has since announced schools will be able to ditch free school meal hampers and replace them with vouchers from Monday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the parcels, saying they were “an insult” to families.

Readers on Nottinghamshire Live’s Facebook page have reacted to the news.

Lauren Jackson said: “The fact of the matter is, they should be getting £30 worth of food and these parcels are adding up to £5-£10 therefore someone is making a lovely profit from these hungry kids.”

Jai Shae said: “It’s not just about the amount of food there. It’s about the fact the scheme allocates £15 per week to each child and this is what is being given instead.”

Denise Henton said: “No way would that feed a child one meal for five days. At the end of the day it’s not the child’s fault, they didn’t ask to be born, why should any child go hungry. That’s my opinion.”

Shaun Cavers said: “Nothing wrong with the food shown, they supply school meals, not breakfast lunch and dinner.”

Gaynor Henshaw said: “I think the point is, these food boxes do not contain £30 worth of food. This isn’t right and hopefully will be sorted very quickly.”

Helen added: “I think it’s the fact the government has paid £30 for these when there is only a fivers worth of food there. Who makes a profit from kids in need. It’s disgusting.”

MP for Mansfield Ben Bradley also spoke out on the issue.

He said: “The images that were going around social media yesterday were completely unacceptable and it’s not the standard that we’d expect to be sent to children.

“I’m relieved to hear that Ministers also agreed that the parcels were below standard and are actively resolving the situation. They’ve met with the supplier and immediate action is now being taken to ensure the quality of future parcels is much higher.

“It has been wrongly reported that the food in the picture cost £30, but this is incorrect at it cost £10.50. On Friday, Government increased the amount given to schools from £11.50 to £15 to provide school meals, which takes into account the extra cost of distribution.

“It’s so important that kids receive nutritious free school meals packages, and I’ll continue to ensure that the most vulnerable children are given the right support.”


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