Marcus Rashford has held an “assuring” conversation with Boris Johnson after images emerged of inadequate food parcels on social media.
The Manchester United striker has been heavily involved in campaigning against child hunger in the UK and revealed that the Prime Minister had promised a “full review” on the situation.
The phone call followed education secretary Gavin Williamson promising to “name and shame” any food suppliers providing sub-standard packages to children in England entitled to free school meals during the current lockdown.
Meal provider Chartwells were forced to issue an apology on Tuesday evening after an outcry over images on social media of packages with the contents intended to provide lunches for children for several days.
Rashford has once again spearheaded demands for improvements to the “hampers”, set up to replace a £15-a-week shopping voucher scheme but have been priced up at just over £5 worth of food from local supermarkets, in some instances.
Writing on Twitter, Rashford gave an update after speaking to the Prime Minister.
He wrote: “Just had a good conversation with the prime minister.
“He has assured me that he is committed to correcting the issue with the food hampers and that a full review of the supply chain is taking place. He agrees that images of hampers being shared on Twitter are unacceptable.”
During Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson said: “I don’t think anybody is happy with the disgraceful images that we’ve seen the food parcels that have been offered, they are appalling and they are an insult to families.”
“I’m grateful by the way to Marcus Rashford has highlighted the issue and is doing quite an effective job by comparison with (Sir Keir Starmer) in holding the Government to account for these issues.
“The company in question has rightly apologised and agreed to reimburse.”
Johnson later responded to Rashford’s tweet, saying: “I totally agree with you @MarcusRashford, these food parcels do not meet the standards we set out and we have made it clear to the company involved that this is disgraceful.
The company concerned has rightly apologised and agreed to reimburse those affected.”