Mum says daughter came home hungry after refusing to eat ‘vile and gooey’ school dinner


A mum says her daughter came home starving after refusing to eat a jacket potato and cheese meal served up by QE High in Wales which looked “gooey and like it’s gone off”

The jacket potato and cheese meal served at QE High, in Carmarthen, south Wales

A mum has slammed her daughter’s school after the girl returned home starving because she refused to eat the “vile” dinners on offer.

The disgruntled parent – who did not wish to be named – said from photos the grub available at QE High, in Carmarthen, south Wales, looks “gooey and like it’s gone off”.

One snap showed a jacket potato with plenty of grated cheese, which the schoolgirl refused to eat, and said the only thing edible are the paninis.

However by the time her year gets to the canteen, they are usually all gone, reports WalesOnline.

The school’s food is managed by Carmarthenshire Council, costing pupils £2.60 a day – and it’s not the first time dinners in the county have been criticised.

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The mum said she would now be making packed lunches for her daughter from now on.

She explained: “My daughter sent me a picture of her food in school.

“It was a jacket potato with cheese but it looked like it had been thrown on the plate. It’s been going on for weeks.

“She says the only edible thing is the paninis, but by the time her year goes for lunch there’s not much left.

“She’s complained a few times before and I’ve now resorted to making her packed lunches every day.







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She continued: “From what she showed me, the food looks gooey and like it’s off.

“Other parents have mentioned the same thing.

“My daughter came back from school hungry last week because she said the food was vile, so she eats me out of house and home when she comes back,” the mum added.

In March, the lunches on offer at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf in Whitland, 14 miles west of Carmarthen, were labeled “shocking” by parents.

One said: “That’s why my son’s coming home starving. He did mention the food was awful but I never imagined it was this bad!


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“Absolutely vile – he’s actually been sick a couple of times in school where I’ve had to pick him up.

“I’m seriously questioning now whether the food made him ill.”

Following the criticism, the canteen at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf was shut for two days so that staff could “reconsider all aspects” of the food it offered to pupils.

With regards to the food at QE High, one person commented on a picture shared on social media by saying: “I’d eat anything, but not that. Poor child.”

Another said it “looked disgusting”, and a third thought it looked like it “someone stood on it before plating it”.

The disgruntled QE High mum, who said her daughter had never had any issues when she was in primary school in Carmarthen, went on to say: “I don’t know whether it’s the school or a wider issue across Carmarthenshire.

“I don’t know if the cooks need to get more training or what? But my daughter will be having packed lunches for the foreseeable future.”

The council said it would now be looking into concerns raised about the standard of food.

The council’s director of education, Gareth Morgans, said: “Now this has been brought to our attention we will be looking into this matter.

“If any pupil feels that their food is substandard then please take it back to the counter.

“If parents/guardians or pupils have any concerns about the standard of food in Carmarthenshire schools, we would encourage them to contact [email protected]

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