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Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Manchester United star Marcus Rashford forced Boris Johnson into a major u-turn over free school meals for children in poverty. In England, about 1.3 million children from households which earn less than £7,400 ($9,400) a year after tax are eligible for free school meals, according to the BBC. Rashford has been tipped for a knighthood and Sports Personality of the Year for his Fareshare work. When I heard about the schools shutting down that obviously means free meals for some kids that they are not getting at schools. "I was fortunate, there are kids in much more difficult situations that don't get that meal at home.

He continued: “Whilst the campaign is currently distributing three million meals a week to those most vulnerable across the UK, I recognise it’s just not enough.

"Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry? Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. “This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance.

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“Forty-five per cent of children in black and minority ethnic groups are now in poverty. In the letter, Rashford added: “This summer should have been filled with pride once more, parents and children waving their flags. Rashford previously revealed how his family relied on breakfast clubs and free school meals as a child, and does not want other children to miss out. ... Mr Rashford started a #maketheturn campaign and penned an open letter to those … 9 out of 30 children in any given classroom are today asking 'why?' It's very important for me to help people who are struggling. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. “Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority.”. “But, in reality, Wembley Stadium could be filled more than twice with children who have had to skip meals during lockdown - 200,000 children according to Food Foundation estimates. The striker joined up with the United academy at 11-years-old, despite the programme being for players aged 12 and above. Manchester United and England striker has written an open letter to MPs calling for support for vulnerable children, Get the latest coronavirus news - sign up for the Echo newsletter.
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On Monday morning the footballer pleaded with MPs to reconsider the decision not to extend the current food voucher scheme in an open letter "written from the heart" in which he spoke about his own experiences of relying on free school meals. “Free schools meals are ordinarily term time only, and the national voucher scheme will not run during the summer holidays.

Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Rashford, who received an … Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. He promised to write to the footballer soon after the launch of the maketheuturn campaign urging the government to change their mind. "What families are going through now, I've once had to go through that - and it's very difficult to find a way out. “Whilst 1.3 million children in England are registered for free school meals, one quarter of these children have not been given any support since the school closures.
The 22-year-old Manchester United and England striker urged the authorities to make a U-turn and allow vulnerable children who have been getting free meals during the coronavirus lockdown to continue receiving them in the summer holidays. "I remember when I was in school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn't get home until 6 o'clock, so my next meal would have been about 8 o'clock. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. ... Rashford wrote an open letter to the government to ask it to reconsider. Speaking to the BBC, Rashford said: "My mum was a single parent, she had five kids all living in the same house. “I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity.

"Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Rashford, 22, had penned an open letter to the government which asked it to extend the system over the summer to help families who had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, however his plea was initially rejected. “Fathers have told me they are struggling with depression, unable to sleep, worried sick about how they are going to support their families having lost their jobs unexpectedly. "It's written from the heart and it's about how my life was at the moment - the letter is to open up and let people understand the impact on families and to know I've done the right thing," he told BBC Breakfast. Rashford is one of five children in his immediate family and has been working hard to help those in a similar situation to the one he grew up in as a youngster. He said: "The PM understands the issues facing families across the UK 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.”. “As a black man from a low-income family in, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic.

#maketheuturn.". “Can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry?”. And with school meal vouchers set to be stopped over the summer, there is a fear more will suffer. Boris Johnson has said he expects schools to make food parcels available for collection or delivery and schools can continue to offer vouchers to eligible pupils. “As their stomachs grumble, I wonder if those 200,000 children will ever be proud enough of their country to pull on the England national team shirt one day and sing the National Anthem from the stands. The football star has already received the backing of many MPs, including Merseyside Labour members Dan Carden, Alison McGovern, Ian Byrne and Mick Whitley - who are all deeply concerned about children being forced into poverty without the meal vouchers. The spokesman said the Prime Minister will respond to Marcus Rashford’s letter as soon as he can. He added: “He’s been using his profile in a positive way to highlight some very important issues.". Rashford had penned an open letter to the government asking it to extend the system to help families who had been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, however his plea was initially rejected. Rashford, who says his family once relied on similar schemes, has raised over £20 million ($25 million) in partnership with charity FareShare to help provide meals for vulnerable families amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us - I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year.

Where this is not possible, schools can continue to offer vouchers to eligible pupils. "When you turn on your kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee think of those parents who have had to default on electricity bill payments just to make ends meet having lost their jobs during the pandemic #maketheuturn. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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The programme that I started at 11 years old, you're supposed to start it at 12 years old. View our online Press Pack. Children who are eligible for free school meals during term time will now get a six-week voucher for free meals during holidays. “Thousands of children will also receive additional support through our Holiday Activities and Food programme, which offers activities and free meals throughout the summer holidays.”, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. This figure is expected to rise by an additional one million. How Marcus Rashford Took on the Boris Johnson Government and Won.

Boris Johnson has denied Marcus Rashford’s petition to extend free school meals over half term and Christmas holidays. On Monday afternoon, after the Department of Education had shunned his initial appeal, Rashford had tweeted: "We aren't beaten yet, stand strong for the 200,000 children who haven't had a meal to eat today and keep retweeting #maketheUturn.". Rashford, who has raised £20million to boost food distribution with the charity FareShare, has admitted to using food banks and receiving free meals as a child. 'Why does our future not matter?' “We relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. “I am asking you to listen to their parent’s stories as I have received thousands of insights from people struggling. But, in his impassioned open letter to all 650 MPs in the House of Commons, including PM Boris Johnson, Rashford insisted so much more needed to be done. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Marcus Rashford has written an emotional letter to the government, calling on them to end child poverty Credit: Twitter/Marcus Rashford And with … To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. In England, about 1.3 million children from low-income households are eligible for free school meals.

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