Rochdale council is calling on the Government to improve the quality of food parcels for people most at risk from coronavirus.
- Video report by Hannah Miller
The food boxes are for people who are being shielded from Coronavirus and cannot leave their homes because of severe health conditions.
The Government said the packages would contain essential food and household items such as pasta, fruit, tinned goods and biscuits.
But Rochdale Council says it has had to source extra items, after the first parcels that arrived in the borough contained tea bags, cordial, one apple, chocolate bars, dry noodles and gingerbread biscuits.
A Government spokesperson described the claim as 'misleading':
On launching the scheme just over a week ago, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said people will need to 'bear with us' as the initiative gets underway.
Rochdale Council added that not enough parcels had been made available - with only 44 delivered, despite there being 129 people in the borough who are being shielded and have requested one.
The government says the first food boxes have been delivered to those extremely medically vulnerable being shielded from coronavirus.
A spokesperson went on to say: "More parcels are expected to go out this week from wholesalers across the country, bringing the first set of deliveries to more than 50,000. Depending on demand, hundreds of thousands of boxes could be delivered each week."