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Boris Johnson slams ‘appalling’ school food packages as insult to families

Meal scandal: Marcus Rashford PICTURE: PA

BORIS JOHNSON has condemned some of the free school meals being sent to families in need as ‘disgraceful’ after images of poor-quality food parcels were shared widely online.

Manchester United footballer and meal campaigner Marcus Rashford said he had talked with Mr Johnson, tweeting: ‘He has assured me that he is committed to correcting the issue with the food hampers and a review is taking place.’

And the prime minister told the Commons yesterday: ‘I don’t think anybody in this House is happy with the disgraceful images that we’ve seen of the food parcels. They’re appalling. They’re an insult to the families that received them.’

It came after a mum, identified only as Sarah, shared a photo of a ‘depressing’ package containing little food. She told the BBC: ‘I could see the child’s realisation that this is what I’ve been given to eat for a week.’

Education secretary Gavin Williamson said the national voucher scheme for free school meals would relaunch next week.

But Tulip Siddiq, shadow children’s minister, said: ‘The government’s response has yet again been far too slow. Children are going hungry now.’

Chartwells, the firm that provided Sarah’s parcel, apologised that the quantity had ‘fallen short’.