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Free School Meals: A lunch sparks a discussion in the UK about child hunger

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Jiya Saini
Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

A British mother shows everyone what kind of free school meals children receive from one of the richest countries in the world.

It is the food sent by the UK Government to families to feed their children while schools are closed due to restrictions imposed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

In this case, the package that caused the scandal was delivered by Chartwells.

As you can see in the photo posted by anonymous user Roadside Mum on Twitter, it has a loaf of bread, a bag of pasta, a can of baked beans, a little cheese, three apples, two carrots, a tomato, two baked potatoes, two bananas, two malt loaf sandwiches and three sandwich-size tubes of cheese.

The outraged mother claimed that, according to the authorities, this free school meal would be enough for her son for 10 days. As an alternative, the family could ask for a check for £ 30.

“Issued instead of £30 vouchers. I could do more with £30 to be honest”

he wrote on twitter.

The Roadside Mum image was seen by 28 million people on Twitter and shared by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who campaigned to ensure families receive food during the lockdown. In addition, the athlete described the episode as “unacceptable”.

Rashford’s tweet provoked many responses from users talking about childhood hunger during the pandemic, also with images of other school meals. For example, this one with a rest of carrot and a quarter of onion: 

This is for two twelve year olds for a week:

Or these with pieces of cooked ham, theoretically for an entire week:

The UK Government responsible for child affairs under Minister for Children Vicky Ford launched an urgent investigation, ensuring that Chartwells has already “rightly apologized and admitted that the package in question was not good enough.”

Judging by the abundance of complaints on Twitter, Chartwells has not been the only company involved in this story.

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