Kids being sent to school with cold McDonald's Happy Meals as packed lunch, says shocked teacher
CHILDREN are being sent to school with cold McDonald's Happy Meals for packed lunch, a teacher claims.
Kids at one Lancashire school were bringing in cold burgers and chips or chicken nuggets to be warmed up later.
Pupils were sent for a school dinner when they turned up with cold McDonald's fast-food for lunch, it is claimed.
The teacher said: "They'll sometimes just have half a sandwich.
"I've also had children being sent in with chicken nuggets and an expectation that the kitchen will warm them up.
"I said no and sent the child for a school dinner.
"Parents sometimes send in cold items from a McDonald's Happy Meal for the children's lunches.
"Equally you know the children who are starving because they are the first in the snack area eating the fruit and drinking the milk."
The pupils are said to be from some of the most deprived areas of Blackburn with Darwen, the local borough council.
Some children bring just half a sandwich to get them through the day at the unnamed school.
It comes as families turn to food banks to help feed their children.
Food bank usage in Lancashire has hit a record high, with a total 23,960 emergency food parcels being issued to people in need in 2018/19, according to the Trussell Trust.
Teachers are also stocking up on old school uniforms because children don't have the right clothing with them.
Blackburn with Darwen Council said it is committed to a new food strategy to tackle food poverty in the borough.
Jayne Ivory, director of children's services, admitted they face "great challenges and issues around poverty".
She added: "We, alongside our partners, continue to work very hard to tackle those inequalities that exist.
"Some of the many factors that can contribute to children and families living in poverty are beyond our control but we are striving to make a difference in the areas that we can effect.
"We have committed to a new food strategy and launched a BwD Food Alliance in 2018, with the primary aim of tackling food poverty in the borough, and have supported an innovative scheme called the Blackburn and Darwen Summer Lunchbox Project, which aims to help struggling families by providing free packed lunches to children."
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