February 25, 2021

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Mum blasts ‘inedible’ school food parcel slammed by Marcus Rashford after it turns up MOULDY

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A MUM-OF-FOUR has blasted an “inedible” school food parcel sent by a company slammed by Marcus Rashford – after finding ‘mouldy vegetables’ inside.

Kerry Elson has demanded action after embattled Chartwells sent ‘rotting’ food to feed her kids during the lockdown school closures.

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Mum Kerry Elson – pictured with her daughter Darcey – says she was sent ‘rotting’ food in her children’s free school meals packageCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
It comes just a month after food company Chartwells was forced into an apology for its 'meagre' packages for the UK's most vulnerable kids

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It comes just a month after food company Chartwells was forced into an apology for its ‘meagre’ packages for the UK’s most vulnerable kidsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

The firm – part of the Compass brand, which also supplies luxury canapes to private school kids – was forced into an apology last month after the UK’s vulnerable youngsters were sent meagre supplies for lunches.

Boris Johnson spoke of his fury at the fiasco, vowing a review, while football ace Rashford hit out at the offerings on Twitter.

But despite the backlash against the company, Kerry, 29, says she was sent an “unacceptable” package this week.

The mum, of Yatton in Somerset, said she believes the quality is getting worse each week.

“It was really bad,” she said.

“There was some perishable food, like a small bag of pasta, and that was fine – but the rest was inedible.

“There was potatoes and they were sprouting and squidgy. They were the worst.

Kerry, mum to Kingsley, one, has now set up a Facebook group to rally mums and dads horrified by the quality of their packages

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Kerry, mum to Kingsley, one, has now set up a Facebook group to rally mums and dads horrified by the quality of their packagesCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
She said tomatoes were covered in mould, while 'squidgy' potatoes had sprouted

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She said tomatoes were covered in mould, while ‘squidgy’ potatoes had sproutedCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
Carrots in the package were old and bananas were brown, she said

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Carrots in the package were old and bananas were brown, she saidCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

“The tomatoes had mould on them and the onions did too.

“The bananas were brown, they were gone – and the pears were so soft I could put my finger through them.”

Kerry, mum to Kody, 13, Jenson, nine, Darcey, six, and Kingsley, one, has now set up a Facebook support page so parents who rely on school meals can come together and share their experiences.

She said: “We set this up because we felt so passionately that if we are suffering, other parents are suffering.

“Is it fair that parents have to choose between feeding their children rotten food or not feeding them at all?

“It’s completely unacceptable. I would not feed this to any of my children.

“Chartwells seem to reckon they are improving, but I dread to think what it was like before if that’s the case.”

A spokesperson for Chartwells said: “Unfortunately, it is impossible to tell whether the pictures provided are from one of our parcels.

Chartwells was forced into an apology last month after parents shared pictures of their food parcels online

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Chartwells was forced into an apology last month after parents shared pictures of their food parcels online
The packages replace free school lunches during the lockdown

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The packages replace free school lunches during the lockdown
One horrified mum got half a carrot and half a red pepper in her package

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One horrified mum got half a carrot and half a red pepper in her packageCredit: Twitter

“It is important to stress that if a parent is ever unhappy with what they receive they can call our helpline and receive a replacement parcel within 24 hours.

“We have substantially enhanced our lunch parcels in the last three weeks, and are also providing free breakfast too.

“We have supplied over 30,000 parcels in the last two weeks and have been receiving lots of positive feedback from parents.”

After upset mums and dads shared photos of food parcels on social media last month, Manchester United star Rashford – who forced the Government into a u-turn on feeding the UK’s most vulnerable kids during lockdown – called the PM.

Mr Johnson called the parcels “scandalously inadequate”. It was then announced that free school meal vouchers would return to give parents the choice.

The PM also ordered an investigation into the deliveries.

He also told MPs: “It is a scandal and a disgrace that some companies are trying to get away with the provision they are offering.”

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had been “absolutely disgusted” by the packages.

Frantic parents had shared pictures of potatoes and cans of beans, a loaf of bread and a block of cheese or boxes of cold chips after expecting enough food for a week’s worth of lunches.

Many were also been sent five bottles of water – despite being able to give their children water from the tap.

Gavin Williamson blasted ‘unacceptable’ free school meal packages and vows to name and shame companies who hand them out

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