The UK is on lockdown in an attempt to tackle the spread of coronavirus, and Britons are only allowed to leave the house for essential shopping, to buy medicine or if they are a key worker. With the lockdown, many people have been stockpiling and panic buying and shelves have been left empty.
Many people have been told that they can’t leave their homes for 12 weeks, including the elderly and those with health conditions.
Being unable to leave the house has led customers to turn to home delivery for their food shopping, however slots for supermarket delivery are hard to find.
In response, M&S have followed in Morrison’s footsteps after last week they announced that they were offering an essential service for those unable to get out for groceries.
The Morrisons boxes each include a variety of items but states that it should feed two adults for one week.
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M&S: What is in the Marks and Spencer essentials box?
A typical box may include canned baked beans, soup and pasta sauce, and dairy products like milk, butter and cheese. It would also include bread and meat as well as vegetables.
Each M&S box costs £35, but unlike with Morrison’s version, shoppers will know what’s inside each box before it arrives.
The delivery for the box is also £3.99 and there is a waiting time of up to one week for the goodies.
If you’re over 70 and have a Sparks card, M&S claim that your order will be prioritised.
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Here’s what’s inside M&S essentials boxes:
- Fusilli (500g)
- Tomato and herb pasta sauce (550g)
- Baked beans (220g)
- Chunky vegetable soup (400g)
- Beef bolognese pasta sauce (340g)
- Cream of tomato soup (400g)
- Basmati rice (500g)
- Chunky steak (206g)
- Instant coffee (100g)
- English breakfast tea bags (125g)
- Homebake style shortbread squares (200g)
- Dark chocolate (100g)
- Milk chocolate (100g)
- Prime corned beef (205g)
- Wild Alaskan red salmon (213g)
- Roasted and salted peanuts (200g)
- Vegetable curry (400g)
- Giant milk chocolate buttons (150g)
- Percy Pig (170g)
- Soft white 2-ply toilet tissue (pack of 4)
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Whilst the boxes are undoubtedly a good idea and needed in the current crisis, several shoppers have expressed their opinions over how the box contains too many sugary items and the need for more basic items.
Writing on the review section on the M&S website, one shopper wrote: “I agree with other reviewers in that this box is a superb idea but the addition of so many ‘sweet treats’ is not necessary.
“Basic items would be much more appropriate including things such as long life milk and easy to cook bread.”
Another review said: “I was pleased to see this initiative but disappointed with the contents. As other reviewers have said, far to many sweet items and not enough fresh produce or chilled ready meals. There was not a vegetarian option displayed either.”
“Some good staples, but far too much sugar. I’d only order this in an emergency. We come to M&S for healthy food, because we care about what we eat. Please replace sweets and sweet sauces with fruit and veg. Tins are OK. A mix of fresh and tinned would be better,” commented a third.
However, some M&S customers can’t wait to be for their boxes to be delivered. One review said: “This is just what I need at the moment, store cupboard essentials that will keep, so no wastage, which could be a problem for some with fresh food.”
Another said: “I’ve gone ahead and ordered two of these for family members as surprises. Well done Marks on offering a ready made option to restock at this difficult time.”
How do you get hold of the essentials box?
The Marks and Spencer’s website states that this product is unavailable.
It says: “Unfortunately we have temporarily sold out. Please check back later. We’re expecting more stock shortly.”
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