She said: "Issued instead of £30 vouchers".
Now before any avid foodie reading this tells me I'd have been better to ditch the jar of pasta sauce in favour of making fresh or chips in with any other food prep advice related to cost or nutritional value - in an attempt to keep the social experiment somewhat realistic I've tried to stick to the guidelines given to those responsible for providing families with free school meal substitutes.
The reason? "There is wider government support in place to support families and children outside of term-time through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme", the government says.
Signatories of the letter, which included the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and over 40 charity and education leaders, said the eligibility criteria should be overhauled to ensure uniformity across the UK.
"After a year in which the stark inequalities faced by millions of children and young people has been at the forefront of the minds of the public, the ugly spectre of holiday hunger is now looming yet again".
Jack Monroe has helped to force the United Kingdom government to U-turn on its free school meal provision during coronavirus lockdown.
"This review would provide the Government with the opportunity to future-proof its policy on school food, and to carefully consider how best to support low-income children and families in the aftermath of the pandemic", they said.
"Government should provide food vouchers to eligible families during February half-term as it did last summer, with councils using CWGS funding to provide additional support with partners where necessary". However, his real aim is to review food poverty at its roots, with all under-16s receiving free school meals if their parents receive benefits.
Images of the food parcels, which were distributed by Compass Group subsidiary Chartwells, caused outrage when they were circulated on social media sites. "These are battles which should not have to be repeatedly fought".
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It says: 'We strongly encourage schools to work with their school catering team or food provider to provide food parcels to eligible free school meal pupils who are at home'.
He added that no child should wake up feeling anxious about where their next meal is coming from, and even now millions are still waiting for the reinstatement of the national food voucher scheme.
"They're an insult to the families that have received them".
The row over half-term meals appeared to have caught No 10 off guard.
"The Prime Minister must fix this today".
In order to redeem the vouchers, schools will be contacted by supplier Edenred before January 14, where they will be prompted to reset their password or activate their account if it has not been used before. "My understanding is that there will be provision through the February half-term through these programmes".
Children and families minister Vicky Ford said she met the managing director of Chartwells on Tuesday "and he has assured me they have taken immediate action to stop further deliveries of poor-quality parcels".
"Our hampers follow the DofE specifications and contain a variety of ingredients to support families in providing meals throughout the week. It is shameful that this is even something we are having to worry about in this country".
He was partially successful, with the government extending free school meal provision.
She said: "This tells our children they do not matter".