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'Unacceptable' food parcels criticized by Marcus Rashford investigated by UK government

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The UK government is investigating food parcels sent to low-income families to feed vulnerable children after campaigners -- including England international footballer Marcus Rashford -- criticized the provisions as "unacceptable."

(CNN)The UK government is investigating food parcels sent to low-income families to feed vulnerable children after campaigners -- including England international footballer Marcus Rashford -- criticized the provisions as "unacceptable. "

Families eligible for free school meals (FSM) have been sent food packages while schools in England are shut to most pupils as part of the country's third national lockdown.

One post from a Twitter user called Roadside Mum on Monday, shared more than 27,000 times, detailed the items she was sent by Chartwells, one of the companies contracted by the UK government.

Sharing several images of food parcels that had been sent to families, Rashford tweeted: "Children deserve better than this. "

Manchester United footballer player Rashford last year campaigned for 1. 3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers in England's summer holidays, forcing a U-turn from the UK government.

On Tuesday Rashford posted a Twitter thread following a conversation with Chartwells that morning.

He said there had been little communication with suppliers before England's lockdown was announced by the government.

"Children shouldn't be going hungry on the basis that we aren't communicating or being transparent with plans," said Rashford.

"The images appearing online of woefully inadequate free school meal parcels are a disgrace," tweeted Starmer on Tuesday.

The United Nations (UN) agency said a "domestic emergency" meant vulnerable children and families need assistance due to the Covid-19 crisis.

In May 2019, a UN report on poverty in the UK said the Conservative government remained in a "state of denial" about the 14 million people living on the breadline, continuing its almost decade-long austerity measures "despite the tragic social consequences. "

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