Furious mum blasts school for serving her daughter ‘basically empty’ ham baguette

A mum has blasted a school for serving her daughter a “basically empty” ham baguette.

West Monmouth School served the food before her daughter sent a picture of it and complained about the tiny amount of filling in the sandwich.

It happened just days after school chiefs apologised for a kitchen error after another pupil was given a lunch of just three potato wedges and beans.

WalesOnline reported how the girl’s mum was furious at the ‘meal’ served to her daughter at the school in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan.

Donna Jones said: “She sent me a picture and said ‘mum, this is my lunch’ and that there was hardly any filling in it.

“I thought ‘is that what my money is paying for’? I wouldn’t serve that to my children myself.

“I just feel that someone couldn’t be bothered and just put a tiny bit of ham in.”

Ms Jones said her daughter was left disappointed at the standard of the offering, which cost between £2.50 and £3.

Although she didn’t contact the school directly, Ms Jones said she contacted Torfaen County Borough Council afterwards but had not received any response to her complaint as of this week.

“She said: “I think school dinners are outsourced. I contacted the council and said the sandwich was basically empty and that I just didn’t think it was substantial in terms of portion size.”

Ms Jones added told her daughter to complain but she didn’t believe she had as she was nervous having only started the new term.

“I told my daughter she should complain about it but I don’t think she did – she is 11 and has only just started in year seven, you know?

“School dinners are not cheap now and that’s what you’re paying for?

“I just want them to serve up a proper standard of food. If you’re paying for a baguette I would like a bit more care really.”

Torfaen County Borough Council declined to comment and said Ms Jones should West Monmouth School directly.

Last month the Mirror reported how the government’s food tsar said free school meals must be extended immediately to stop hundreds of thousands of kids going hungry

Henry Dimbleby branded it “one of the best measures we can do”, and a “no-brainer” that could save the country billions in the long run.

He told a cross-party committees of MPs that around a million parents qualify for Universal Credit but their children are not eligible for free school meals.

Mr Dimbleby said he believes universal free school meals – which The Mirror is campaigning for – “will happen” as he addressed the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

The businessman, who authored the National Food Strategy and co-founded restaurant chain Leon, said making lunches available to children whose families are on Universal Credit is a “no brainer”.

He said: “We know that the majority of people support universal free school meals, we know that the vast majority of people support free school meals for everyone on universal credit.”