Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide food for children in low-income households during school holidays has been supported by over 100 organisations so far, as Twitter hailed the extraordinary work done by the 22-year-old Manchester United forward so far.
Rashford, who famously managed to convince the government to perform a U-turn and provide food vouchers for disadvantaged households during lockdown, saw his push for the same to happen over half-term and the winter break knocked back by the government this week.
The United man has refused to accept defeat. As well as volunteering at a local foodbank, Rashford has continued to fight his cause on social media, with many businesses from around the country offering to support his cause.
As noted by Sky News, Rashford has received the support of no less than 100 different companies, ranging from local cafes and charities to pubs and popular restaurant chains, including McDonald’s.
Rashford has been sharing information from these organisations on his Twitter page, letting fans across the country know where they can find food if they need during the upcoming October half-term.
There have also been pledges of support from numerous councils around the country, with Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Birmingham and Doncaster just four of many to have joined the fight. Several London boroughs, including Lambeth, Redbridge and Hammersmith and Fulham, have offered to help too.
Despite the influx of support, the government has so far rejected appeals to extend the Free School Meals scheme over the school holidays, insisting that the responsibility of feeding one’s family rests solely with the parents.
Nevertheless, Rashford has publicly insisted that he will continue to use his platform to fight for support for low-income houses, using his own childhood experiences as inspiration.
“People have opinions,” Rashford said (via BBC) while volunteering with FareShare. “Whether they understand fully what the families are going through is another conversation.
“Because of that, it’s easy for me to dismiss a lot of the people who are making those [negative] opinions. It’s so insensitive of the issue and they’ve definitely not been through it themselves.”
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