British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday criticized the “shameful” free school meal packs sent to British families in need during the national lockdown, and said he is working with companies that provide meals to correct the situation. After Manchester United superstar Marcus Rashford shared photos of meagre food packaging earlier this week, he made the comments.
Rashford, who has been fighting child hunger in the UK during the pandemic, emphasized on Monday the quality of meals received by families. After a Twitter user posted a photo showing two carrots, a sliced bread, three apples, two bananas, and some other items (they said they would give the family 1
Rashford said in another article that these meals are “not good enough.”
“Then imagine that we want our children to engage in home learning. Not to mention those parents who sometimes have to teach them that they may not eat at all, so that their children can… We must do better. This is 2021,” he wrote .
Tweets showing meals were criticized online, prompting free school meal company Chartwells to apologize on Wednesday.
Rashford also told his Twitter followers on Wednesday that he had a conversation with the prime minister, who “assured” Rashford that he would consider “correcting the problem.” Johnson also tweeted that the company agreed to “compensate those affected.”
He said: “I totally agree with Marcus Rashford that these foods do not meet the standards we set, and we have made it clear to the companies that this is shameful.”
Despite this, Rashford relied on the free school feeding program as a child, and he urged an inspection of the entire system.
He said: “We opened our eyes. Now is the time to review the free school meal system.”
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the package should contain food that parents can use to prepare a healthy five-day lunch, and children of all ages may be eligible if they live in households with income-related benefits.