Sunderland Echo

Mum praises ‘topped-up’ free school food parcel


A mum has praised a Sunderland school for going ‘above and beyond’ to make sure children are well fed during the third national lockdown.

Stacey Ewart was delighted at the amount of food Hill View Infant Academy had provided for her six-yearold daughter after collecting her first weekly free school meal parcel.

The national Free School Meals allocation to schools is £11.50 per pupil per week, but the Government says schools can claim for additional funding of £3.50 per week for each eligible pupil receiving lunch parcel provision at home.

Stacey, 34, said that the school on Helvellyn Road had given her plenty of food to cover a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches for her daughter.

The parcel contained fruit and vegetables, along with bagels, porridge, bread, crisps, butter and cheese.

But Stacey said it was thanks to the efforts of school staff who, she said, went to ASDA to add more items to the parcels.

She said: “There are loads for a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches.

"I saw what other people were putting [on social media] of their food parcels and just expected the same, so it is nice that the school has gone above and beyond by topping it up.

“I just want to give recognitio­n to the school, it is brilliant.”

No one was available to comment at Hill View Infant Academy.

However, other parents across Wearside say they haven’t been so lucky, and have shared with the Echo photos of parcels that appear to show a small amount of food and questioned where the funds have been spent.

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