School Meal Box Disgrace


So-called food parcels distributed to children in need are a national disgrace. Cllr Kathryn Field Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Children and Families on East Sussex County Council says: “The amount of food parents have received to feed their children is not anything like enough to provide an adequate, nutritious lunch every day. Nor do they appear to represent value for money, given what the parcels should theoretically be worth”.

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth adds: “Yet again, children and families in East Sussex have been let down by this chaotic Conservative government. Only last week I raised concerns about how the government failed to manage the return to school, putting hardworking teachers into an impossible position, and now we see another government failure in the basic need to keep children fed. I am also calling on the Lead Member for Education and Inclusion to provide a urgent update on the situation in schools.”

Cllr Carolyn Lambert comments: “The Conservatives should stop trying to defend the indefensible. Why on earth don’t they simply give the contract to our local Food Banks where volunteers now have years of experience in putting together boxes of nutritional and balanced food parcels and can step in where government has clearly failed?" 

Cllr James MacCleary, Parliamentary Spokesperson adds: “Liberal Democrat MPs are calling on the on Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education to investigate the situation urgently and replace these abysmal hampers with food vouchers.

Maria Caulfield should join us in this campaign to ensure that children in her constituency can be properly fed”.


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