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Liberal Democrats call for vouchers instead of inadequate food parcels

Newbury's Lee Dillon was quick to comment on the images that were shared on social media

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Liberal Democrats call for vouchers instead of inadequate food parcels

THE Liberal Democrats have called for parents to be given vouchers following reports across social media of woefully inadequate food parcels being sent to families who are most in need.

Food parcels are currently being sent to school children in England who would normally get free school meals.

But an image that’s been seen on social media shows the parcels are not sufficient enough.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Newbury Lee Dillon said: "Having previously been so slow to respond to calls for hungry children to be given support over school holidays during the pandemic, this time the Conservatives must act fast.

"Now is not the time for further incompetence," he said. "The Conservatives must step up and make sure that hungry children are adequately fed while schools remain shut.

"The parcels sent out to families across Newbury and beyond are woefully inadequate in that regard."

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  • Catherine Fleming

    13/01/2021 - 19:55

    The school meals issue is not going to go away. Parents need transparency and certainty. All children need appropriate nutritious, wholesome food. I'm not certain anyone has a proper handle on this yet. People trust people they know. Local communities are and will be ever more important. They will create safety and certainty. Why not give school catering to local community groups? There is a sector of hospitality currently being squashed and seriously struggling to survive. Our pubs. Pubs have been central to our communities for hundreds of years. Why don't we consider getting local pubs involved in their local school meals provision? Our pubs have the skills and care to do this. Pubs are adept at sourcing quality local produce so parents will have certainty of the food being served. A little bit of knowledge on the school food plan and standards and everyone’s a winner. Pubs and schools are at the heart of local communities, let’s bring them together!

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