The above is a sample of a school dinner. It costs around £1.66 to produce under the recent healthy eating promotion and pupils pay between £1.90 and £2.oo for a meal.
Below is a picture of what many soldiers have to eat daily if they are out-with their bases. At base they have food prepared by cooks.
The Ministry of Defence allows £3.45p a day for feeding a soldier three meals and of that the allowance for breakfast is 52p.
American troops receive three meals a day at a cost of almost £11 per person and the Australian, German and Canadian government all spend more to ensure its service personnel are adequately nourished.
The Australian government, which forks out £4.30 a day on meals, has vowed to increase its food spending. Their commitment includes flying in seven extra chefs to provide soldiers with more barbeque dishes and fresh vegetables.
The Mod says chefs decide menus on the day but claim the most popular dishes served to British troops are chicken curry and rice, grilled chicken breast and fillet steak with onions and mushrooms. (Wonder how often they eat fillet steak?) Officials insist the reason for the disparity in food spending is its chefs prepare different meals each day using only fresh, seasonal ingredients.
What amazes me is that the can provide balanced meals from £3.45p. Good chefs can conjure good food out of cheap ingredients, but why should our military be fed the cheapest food? Now here is the quote of the day:
A spokeswoman for the MoD said the meals it provides for its troops 'represents excellent value for money'. Who write the script for these spokespeople?. How long would she survive on a daily budget of £3.45?
Even a subsidised starter in the House of Commons restaurants costs more that that.
This is not the only major fault of the MoD. Research has shown that only 18p in the £ is spent on equipment by this vast government department. This compares to a global average among major military nations of 33p in the £. Pen-pushing receives more than equipment - 20p in the £.