UK’s Johnson accuses vendors of insulting families with scant food parcels By Reuters

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By William James LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday accused caterers of insulting families with meager packages of food paid for by the government, to make up for meals poor children are missing from schools closed due to the coronavirus. Some of the food packages were “an insult to the families who received them,” Johnson said, after images were posted online showing packages that appeared to contain food worth only a fraction of the amount they were paid. to companies for providing them. A Twitter user posted a photo of a package containing a loaf of bread, some vegetables, pasta, beans, cheese, and some snacks. The provider, Chartwells, a unit of Compass Group (LON 🙂 PLC, apologized and said it would refund some money to the schools. Britain offers free lunches to poor children in primary schools and turned to private companies to replace them with food parcels after it abruptly closed all schools last week. Manchester United soccer player Marcus Rashford, 23, who has become a prominent activist against child poverty, said he had discussed the meager packages with Johnson on Wednesday. “He has assured me that he is committed to correcting the problem with the food baskets and that a full review of the supply chain is underway,” Rashford tweeted. Last year, Rashford led a campaign to pressure the government to provide meals during school holidays. The government initially resisted, but later agreed and praised Rashford for his defense. CCLA, Britain’s largest investment manager for charities, asked Compass Group to answer questions about Chartwell’s food parcel supply. “The company must be completely transparent, make adjustments and improvements as necessary, and act quickly to restore faith in its business,” said James Corah, CCLA’s director of ethical investment. Compass did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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