Outcry over COVID-19 food parcels for UK children prompts people to turn around | TBEN | 13.01.2021

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Mizz, a smother ingle from Stoke-on-Trent, herid her heart sank when she opened the food packaging UK government.

We were muffled, Mizz, who does not haveI don’t want to give her her full name, said TBEN. I grew up poor, and I know the poor. I can make a meal from nothingbut not with that, said the 41-year-old. Mizz said so parcel was intended for provide him with lunch 12 years for 10 days: a loaf of breare, half a cucumber, a pepper, a few potatoes, a block of cheese, a packet of butter, four pieces of fruit, a bar of chocolate and salted snacks.

This package was supposed to be a week’s supply of food.

Mizz has no broadband, no computer and no smartphone, so his son’s home schooling in the UKNational lockdown is already difficult. But without a nutritious meal, Mizz said, her child finds it difficult to concentrate or learn at all in high school.

Ii am not ungrateful but it makes you feel like you’re less than nothing, she said.

Food package scandal in the UK

This image posted by a mother on Twitter sparked outrage in the UK

Food packages to keep kids from going hungry during lockdown

Mizz took to Twitter to reach out to other parents by posting photos of the packages theyd received. The images sparked widespread outrage in Britain, one of worldthe richest country, and urged the government to reverse course on Wednesday.

Food parcels, aimed at children eligible for free school meals in the UK, have replaced the £ 15 food vouchers (€ 16.80/$ 20.50) per week per child offered to parents while schools remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Workforce Parliamentarian David Lammy compared a package photographed by Twitter user @roadsidemum with a lunch bag in Finland.

Amid national outrage, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this a national free school meal voucher program will be reinstated January 18.

The company behind many meal packages, Chartwells, has issued a formal apology and agreed to reimburse schools for packages that have not met [their] high quality. The company has been contracted by the UK government to deliver sealed packed lunches to many of the 1.4 million children in England whofamilies meet income requirements.

An “ insult ” to the dignity of children and parents

Max Davie of the Royal College of Pediatrics and child health warned eto the food shown in the pictures was nutritionally inadequate for children and youth. In a statement on Tuesday, he called the packages an insult to the dignity of those who rely on this support.

Call for urgent action, the footballer and activist Marcus Rashford, who rereceived free school meals as a child, tweeted: vschildren deserve better than this.

Outrage leads to policy change on food packages

Addressing PBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday promised this his government would do whatever it could to make sure that no child is hungry and said parents would have the choice to give children the food they need as part of the voucher system restored.

In 2020, Johnson and his fellow Conservative MPs voted down similar plans to offer food vouchers for parents during school holidays, only for reverse the decision days later.

Respond to government newsChange of tactics Wednesday, activist and cook Jack Monroe tweeted We did it!!! THANK YOU!!!!

But Workforce Party leader Keir Starmer said he should nott took to social media to shame the prime minister during the prime ministers Questions to the British Parliament.

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Mizz, a mother from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, told TBEN about the food package she received

Punished for being poor

Return of the voucher program offers welcome relief for Mizz, but it wont would be enough to keep his family from going hungry. weyou don’t live” she said. Weyou just existed.

Mizz mostly survives on the £ 62 one week this she receives in government benefits. A bouncer by trade, shes can no longer work since March 2020 with bars closed by COVID-19 regulations. She has since said she has applied for 138 unsuccessful jobs and even sold her television in an attempt to get by.

Brittanys differences in wealth and income expanded in these last years. The share of British children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the UK is significantly higher than the EU average and experts warn the COVID-19 pandemic will only exacerbate existing inequalities.

This is something that Mizz experienced firsthand. It’s like Im fail my children, she said, on the verge of tears. I putI want them to grow up thinking it’s normal.

Mizz hopes for a better 2021, but shehesitates to be too optimistic. were the servants just at the bottom of the ladder, she said. It’s as if weto be punished for being poor.

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