Marcus Rashford forces United Kingdom government into u-turn over free school meals

Lawrence Kim
June 16, 2020

The scheme, which has already cost more than £129m, ran throughout Easter and May half-term holidays, but the new "Covid summer school fund" is being set up by the government to help feed children during the summer holidays.

"Thanks to Marcus Rashford for highlighting the importance of this support for families". He drew on his experience of growing up as one of five children to a single mother - and of how he had sometimes gone to bed hungry.

"This is going to be an absolute game changer for so many families".

According to the Liverpool Echo, a Department for Education spokesperson said: "As schools open more widely, and their kitchens are open, we expect schools to make food parcels available for collection or delivery for any children that are eligible for free school meals who are not yet able to return to school".

As a boy his family struggled financially and he benefited from free school meals.

It comes after the government announced it would not be extending a £15 weekly voucher scheme introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, which provided support to low-income families across the country.

"When you do that, that's when you play your best football". I am clued up on the difference a U-turn decision would make on the 1.3 million vulnerable children.

When Britain's schools were shut in March, pupils eligible for free meals were offered vouchers instead.

The Prime Minister's official spokesperson said, "The PM understands the issues facing families across the United Kingdom, which is why last week the government announced an additional £63m for local authorities to benefit families who are struggling to afford food and other basic essentials".

"It has really taken a weight off my shoulders".

Shadow education secretary Rebecca Long Bailey will say: "Any government that is willing to let the poorest children in the country go hungry needs to take a long hard look at its priorities. It has allowed me to buy healthier food and just gives me that little bit of extra help I need", she said.

Emma Roberts, the headteacher of Rashford's former primary school, spoke of the community's pride.

The 32-year-old quickly deleted the original tweet, however he continued to engage with users on the platform about the issue. What I would like to see is schools continue to refer parents on top of this scheme so we can ensure that there is food in the cupboards of every children's home.

"I think they all feel like he's their friend", she said. "Yes, he's a good footballer and he's playing for England, but he's also an inspiration in how he lives his life", she said. "We've got an email address open at the moment dedicated to the free school meals inquiries".

Nick Ferrari labelled the government's response to Marcus Rashford's child hunger campaign "stupid".

"I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right".

"I and this government will continue to actively help and support families and businesses through this emergency and beyond", she said in a tweet.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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