Businesses around the United Kingdom volunteer to help Marcus Rashford feed hungry kids

  • Businesses around the United Kingdom volunteer to help Marcus Rashford feed hungry kids

Businesses around the United Kingdom volunteer to help Marcus Rashford feed hungry kids

"There are children across Cornwall going hungry, parents wondering how they will feed their children over the holidays, and it's shameful that our MPs are knowingly allowing this to happen".

Explaining her decision, she said: "In these unprecedented times I am very concerned to be doing all we can to help lower income families and their children who are really struggling due to the impact of the virus".

New analysis by the House of Commons Library commissioned by shadow education secretary Kate Green found that 61 per cent of more than 1.4 million children (about 900,000) eligible for free school meals are living in areas subject to enhanced lockdown restrictions.

"Following private and public approaches, I once again invite Number 10 to sit around the table with the taskforce so that, together, we can collaborate on how best to combat child food poverty in the United Kingdom", he added.

It has been reported that a Labour analysis found that almost 900,000 children in COVID hotspots, Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, will miss out on free school meals unless the scheme is extended.

"These children are the future of this country".

Local governments also pledged support.

Rashford continued: "I don't have the education of a politician, many on Twitter have made that clear today, but I have a social education having lived through this and having spent time with the families and children most affected". He said the government had put in place the Universal Credit system to top up incomes.

The 22-year-old Rashford vowed to continue his fight and was joined by local businesses offering everything from beans on toast to chicken nuggets and fruits.

"I will continue the campaign to prevent needless child hunger this winter and the Government must reconsider".

"We believe no child should be going hungry and worrying when their next meal will come".

He said the government had raised Universal Credit by £20 a week, adjusted housing benefit to help people with their rent and given £63m to councils to help with hardship funding.

"We must also seek to address the issues which fuel demand for free school meals", he added.

"To do this, the Government has started an independent and comprehensive review of our entire food system".

"We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers - our views are being clouded by political affiliation". This is not politics, this is humanity.

Tory MPs were under orders to vote against the plan, with Boris Johnson saying it was not the job of schools to "regularly provide food during the school holidays".

Grantham and Stamford MP Gareth Davies, Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns and Sleaford and North Hykeham's Caroline Johnson, all Conservatives, voted against the provision of hot food for children until Easter 2021, called for by Labour.