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‘Food parcel first’ policy under pressure after outcry from parents in England

Cash or vouchers for children’s food seen as preferable to sometimes meagre and overpriced parcelsMinisters are under pressure to overhaul the way in

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Cash or vouchers for children’s food seen as preferable to sometimes meagre and overpriced parcels

Ministers are under pressure to overhaul the way in which free school meals are being provided to vulnerable children under the latest lockdown, after Marcus Rashford highlighted “woefully inadequate” £30 food parcels estimated to be worth little more than £5.

Food poverty campaigners, paediatricians and nutritionists called on the government to review its “food parcel first” approach to feeding disadvantaged families, after parents posted photographs on social media showing the apparently meagre contents of their food parcels.

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