Soccer star Marcus Rashford jumps in for poor children – British government cuts school meals


The Conservative British government of Boris Johnson has decided to stop giving poor children free school meals during the autumn and Christmas vacations. For many children this is the only warm meal they get during the day. The Manchester United player Marcus Rashford refuses to accept this. He has started a campaign – against the famine of children in Great Britain.

The 22-year-old professional soccer player organizes the support of countless children from poor families via his social media channels. On his initiative, restaurants, supermarkets and cafés across the country have agreed to take over the government’s responsibilities. They want to provide free meals for the affected students. The number of supporters is growing by minute, over one million people have signed his petition.

In a statement on Twitter, Marcus Rashford calls for the government to sit down with the Child Food Poverty Taskforce to work out a solution. In the UK, 4.2 million children live in poverty, that’s every third child. Back in the summer, the Tory government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson wanted to stop serving food during the vacations. However, a campaign led by Rashford was one of the things that could prevent this.

Marcus Rashford knows what hunger feels like

The soccer star knows what hunger feels like. As a child of a single mother, he himself relied on free meals at school and help from the neighborhood, Marcus Rashford reports in an interview.

In Parliament , five Conservative MPs voted in favor of the Labour Party’s initiative to keep school meals for poor children during the vacations. But the majority of Tory MPs decided to abolish school meals.

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