Marcus Rashford Refuses To Give Up Up On Free School Meal Campaign Despite Boris Johnson Rejection
Marcus Rashford is looking to change the government's stance once again after it emerged Boris Johnson had rejected his plea for free school meals to be provided for vulnerable children over holidays such as Christmas.
England and Manchester United forward Rashford saw his initial campaign pay dividends after the government confirmed an extra £120 million would be set aside for meal vouchers to those who needed them this summer.
Going above and beyond to fight hard on a subject he cares passionately about, Rashford recently received an MBE for his heroic efforts.
But after his latest call was knocked back by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Rashford is not letting up and took to Twitter to continue his fight to stop kids going hungry.
Rashford himself received free school meal vouchers as a youngster while his mum worked to put food on the table and is fighting against the government, who say, "It's not for schools to regularly provide food to pupils during the school holidays."
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He pointed out that there is an alarming 250% rise in food poverty and millions of children on these shores are relying on food banks.
Merry Christmas kids...- Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 15, 2020
It's also not for food banks to feed millions of British children but here we are. 250% increase in food poverty and rising...
This is not going away anytime soon and neither am I... https://t.co/dCwT07WShz
The 22-year-old has also set up a petition in a bid to end child poverty.
His campaign is asking for the government to expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit, provide meal and activities during all holidays and increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme.
So far, the petition has garnered over 67,000 signatures as Rashford hopes for it to surpass 100,000 and be debated in parliament.
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