Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford has won his battle to make the Government extend their free school meal voucher scheme.
Yesterday Rashford pushed food poverty to the top of the news agenda with an honest, emotional letter to MPs that discussed his own upbringing in poverty and asked the Government to reconsider their stance on funding free school meal vouchers for kids over the summer holidays.
4. Recognise children around the country are this morning innocently questioning ‘why?’
9 out of 30 children in any given classroom are today asking ‘why?’
‘Why does our future not matter?’ #maketheuturn
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020
Around 1.3 million schoolkids are eligible for the vouchers and, as Rashford has told MPs, 200,000 children have already had to skip meals during the lockdown due to poverty, according to Food Foundation figures.
The Government will now spend £120 million to keep the voucher scheme going over the summer holidays, they have confirmed. Eligible kids will receive a six-week voucher working out at £15-a-week per recipient off the back of the incredible campaigning work by the England footballer.
Rashford has been campaigning against food poverty throughout the lockdown, acting as the face of food distribution charity Fareshare in recent weeks, and he did not stop at the letter yesterday.