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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 05:04 AM

$40 meal packages for 10 days of lunch for kids spark outrage (UK) - "meager and overpriced"

looks more like $15 value from the dollar store. kid gets a cheese sandwich and 1 treat (banana,apple, fruit rollup) per day.
random can of beans ,potato and pasta to add 3rd item to lunch. better to give the mom's $40. better yet, give them $120 for 30 days of meals so they can buy in bulk. $4 will get you two bean burritos at taco bell





https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/world/europe/food-packages-students-UK.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

‘Unacceptable’ Food Packages for Poorer Children Prompt Outcry in U.K.
Photos of the packages, which critics called meager and overpriced, circulated widely on social media, prompting the government to reinstate vouchers for parents to buy food, themselves.


LONDON — The food package, spread out on a carpet, included a can of beans, an assortment of fruit, vegetables, snacks, and sliced bread and cheese — provisions from a government program that provides low-income students with free lunches.

But when pictures of the packages, delivered to students at home as lockdowns have shuttered schools across Britain, circulated on social media this week, they were roundly condemned by parents and anti-hunger activists like the soccer star Marcus Rashford.

The portions were meager, raising concerns about whether children were getting enough nutrition during the coronavirus pandemic, and the government had overpaid for them, the critics said.

“Public funds were charged £30,” or more than $40, said one parent, who posted a widely shared photo on Twitter of one package that she said was supposed to last 10 days. Compared with items at her local supermarket, she said, “I’d have bought this for £5.22.”

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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 05:16 AM

1. Yikes. That's only like $10 worth of food.

Somebody's skimming quite a bit off the top if they're supposed to be £30/$40 packages. Also, that looks worse than prison food.

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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 05:19 AM

2. yeah... cheese sandwich not even grilled, not sauce or anything. just slice of cheese on dry bread

kid might prefer PBJ sandwhich... but Peanut butter too pricy for the scammers who put together this box

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Thu Jan 14, 2021, 05:23 AM

3. I remember back in the day when you couldn't afford your reduced meal lunch

they'd take away your lunch, and if you were lucky, they'd give you a PBJ sandwich and lowfat milk carton. Even that would be better than a single slice of cheese and plain bread for the main meal. I hope this blows up and they investigate this. Not right. Seems like they're stealing the public's money, and kicking poor kids during a time of crisis. Have they no shame?

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