Rashford praised after government U-turn
Marcus Rashford has been praised after MPs approved an extension to the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period, following a campaign by the Manchester United forward.
Children from across England will now have access to free school meal vouchers throughout the six-week summer holidays, through the "Covid summer food fund", Downing Street said.
Rashford has been vocal in persuading the government into a U-turn on the matter, writing an open letter to MPs on Monday and citing his own experiences of growing up and not having enough to eat outside of term time.
I don’t even know what to say.— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020
Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.
After the government announced its decision, Marcus tweeted: 'I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.'
He later added in another tweet, directed at MPs: "This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard. I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right.
Rashford's open letter to MPs on food povertyArticle
Read what Marcus has written about food poverty, in full, in a direct plea to Members of Parliament.
"There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight. The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority."
Rashford, who has raised the issue of food poverty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has been commended by figures throughout the world of football for his intervention.
Marcus's team-mate, and United's captain, Harry Maguire replied to Rashford's tweet saying "top class", while the Reds' Under-18 coach Neil Ryan said: "Well done Marcus! Making the whole country proud!"
Top class 👏👏— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 16, 2020
United legend Paddy Crerand added: "I’m delighted for him, it’s great what he’s doing, absolutely fantastic, and I hope he gets the praise he deserves", while Alex Stepney and Paul McGrath also offered their support.
BBC pundit and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "Great to see @ManUtd’s number 10 changing policy at number 10. Extraordinary campaign and win for the brilliant @MarcusRashford."
Victory for RashfordCollection
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The Manchester United Foundation has committed over £1million to a range of COVID-19 response efforts, including £100,000 of support for local food banks, over 600 food parcels delivered to local families and £300,000 for local partner schools to support vulnerable children.