The photo on the left is what you get if your child has free school meals. We’ve all seen this photo, right? Decided it’s not worth £30 and been insulted?

It gets worse. Bear in mind this is the same parent company that can provide this on the right for private school pupils.
Here’s another comparison. The photo on the left is what one child is getting in the UK. “£30”. They’ve literally quartered the veg and opened a can of tuna to halve it.

On the right is what children in the same situation in Finland are receiving.
The company in question claim these are not representative of the ‘specifications of their hampers’ and that the fault is with the school.

So, @Chartwells_UK, I’d be interested to know your specifications for these ‘hampers’, when the best stocked one I’ve seen looks like this.
The absolute cheek of their Twitter account sharing this, a recipe which literally implies that it is a replacement “school meal” that you can cook with your kids for ONE MEAL, when the food boxes don’t even contain a fraction of what you need to make it.
Here is what the Department of Education specify for their school meals. Bear in mind this is already the bare minimum for nutrition.

Contrast it with this photo of a food package for two twelve-year olds for a week. That’s a picnic, frankly.
Also, don’t forget that for many of the children receiving free school meals, the meal at school is often their only hot meal. It makes up for a lot of their nutritional requirements at a time in their life when they are growing and developing.
If they go hungry now, when their brains and bodies are developing, it will have an impact on their entire life.

Would it be impossible for the govt. to provide £30 worth of food along with recipes simple enough for children to follow?

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