Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford received assurances from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday that free food packages sent to disadvantaged families, denounced as “unacceptable” for their quantity and quality, will be reviewed.
The committed soccer player, who launched a campaign months ago for the government to continue providing meals to poor children during the closure of schools due to the coronavirus and school holidays, relied on images shared on social networks of the food packages received by some families.
In an installment that was supposed to include 10 meals, three apples, two bananas, two carrots, two potatoes, a can of beans, sliced bread with cheese, some pasta and five cereal bars were displayed.
“It is an insult to the families who received them,” Johnson acknowledged when asked about it in parliament. And he announced that measures will be taken, after having spoken by phone with Rashford and that he explained what happened on Twitter.
The prime minister “has assured me that he is committed to correcting the problem with food packages and that a full review of the supply chain is underway,” said the Manchester United forward.
The Minister of Education, Gavin Williamson, assured companies that supply inappropriate packages will be designated and admonished. The government has made it clear to the entire school feeding industry that such behavior “will not be tolerated,” he added.
The new controversy surrounding free school meals emerged on Monday after a mother shared a picture of a meager package of food, stating how depressing it was to see its contents, estimated at just over 5 pounds ($ 7 or $ 5, 5 euros).
This and similar photos quickly went viral.
“Children deserve better,” Rashford tweeted. “Something is wrong and we have to fix it, quickly!”
Chartwells, the company responsible for the package that caused the controversy, said it would “immediately investigate” what happened and that “this does not reflect the standard content of one of our packages.” The company met with education ministry officials on Wednesday to discuss the situation. Afp (HN).