Marcus Rashford launches petition to urge Government action over child poverty

Marcus Rashford has launched a petition to calling on the government to extend free school meals in his latest attempt to end child poverty.

The Manchester United star has been extremely vocal in his plea over the last few months, and was even awarded an MBE last weekend for services to vulnerable children.

Rashford isn’t done yet though, and has made an appeal to the public to give him his full backing as he tries to help those most in need in the UK.

“Whatever your feeling, opinion or judgment, food poverty is never the child’s fault,” he said. “Let’s protect our young.

“Let’s wrap arms around each other and stand together to say that this is unacceptable, that we are united in protecting our children.

“Today, millions of children are finding themselves in the most vulnerable of environments and are beginning to question what it really means to be British.

“I’m calling on you all today to help me prove to them that being British is something to be proud of.”

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Rashford’s online petition will seek to extend the government’s free school meals to 1.5million more young people.

Nearly a million more children are estimated to have registered for free school meals in recent weeks, with the global pandemic thought to be a crucial reason behind the rise.

Rashford went on: “Right now, a generation who have already been penalised during this pandemic with lack of access to educational resources are now back in school struggling to concentrate due to worry and the sound of their rumbling stomachs.”

England international Rashford most notably forced a government U-turn on holiday food vouchers in June.

The move by the 22-year-old, who used to claim free school meals, is likely to put more pressure on the government to help hundreds of thousands of struggling families currently facing food insecurities.

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