Rochdale Council are "taking steps to improve the quality of the government food parcels for people most at risk from coronavirus" after the ones sent to residents were found to be "not of the quality we were expecting", according to its leader.
A council spokesman said the parcels that arrived in Rochdale on Monday were expected to contain "essential food and household items such as pasta, fruit, tinned goods and biscuits".
However, he said they actually had tea bags, cordial, a single apple, chocolate bars, dry noodles and gingerbread men inside and only 44 were sent, despite the borough having 129 people classed as needing them.
As a result, the council added extra items including milk, bread and tinned meat and fruit.
Council leader Allen Brett said other areas had received better quality packages and it was "not clear" why Rochdale had not been sent the same.
Everyone appreciates that this is an unprecedented situation but the parcels that have been provided were not of the quality we were expecting.
The people receiving these parcels are likely to be alone and quite possibly afraid, so there must be a greater effort to provide them with everything they need to get through this.
We are doing all that we can, I expect government to do the same.
The government has been contacted for comment.