Marcus Rashford: Victory as Boris Johnson makes u-turn over free school meals

Marcus Rashford: Victory as Boris Johnson makes u-turn over free school meals

- Marcus Rashford is helping poor children with free food in the UK

- The Manchester United star sought government support for the initiative

- British government has however stated that it will establish a Covid food fund throughout the summer

It is celebration time for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given a go-ahead for the £15-a-week free school meals vouchers to continue.

Rashford has been involved in helping poor kids with free meals during the summer holidays and now government has promised to help fund the scheme after there were pressures from Tory MPs and celebrities.

Vouchers will now be given to parents for them to use for their kids in supermarkets.

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"I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, this is England in 2020," the Manchester United ace tweeted.

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According to a spokesperson to the prime minister, the British government will henceforth run a Covid food fund for the entire duration of the summer.

He said: “The PM welcomed Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty and I said he would be responding as soon as possible.

"This will provide food vouchers covering the six week holiday period."

Marcus Rashford: Victory for Man Utd star as Boris Johnson u-turns over free school meals
Marcus Rashford celebrates a goal for United. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Only 24 hours earlier, Marcus Rashford's plea to extend the free school meals during the summer holidays was rejected.

Spokesman of the prime minister on Monday said that the scheme would be ending with the school term.

Johnson's spokesperson promised to respond to the Man United striker's letter as soon as he can: “He’s been using his profile in a positive way to highlight some very important issues.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has thanked his mother for the sacrifice she made which helped him get into the Red Devils' youth team when he was 11.

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The striker explained that his mother Melanie pushed for Manchester United to admit him into the youth team at the age of 11 even though the program was meant for 12-year-old above.

Rashford while speaking with BBC claimed that Manchester United chiefs then considered the pleas of his mother and allow him to join the youth team.

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