Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has succeeded in his campaign for extended free school meals.
Rashford wrote an open letter to MPs this week urging the Government to reverse its decision not to award free school meals vouchers in England – for which nearly 1.3 million children are eligible – outside of term time.
The striker followed that up with an impassioned article in The Times on Tuesday, detailing his experience of growing up using food banks and receiving free meals as a child.
After initially refusing to reverse their decision, the Government eventually did a U-turn – Rashford’s campaigning paying off.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:
“We will be providing a Covid Summer Food Fund. This will provide food vouchers covering the six-week holiday period.”
The cost will come to £120 million in additional funding, Downing Street said.
Reacting to the news, Rashford wrote on Twitter: “I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.”
I don’t even know what to say.
Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020