SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, (THEWILL) – Manchester United and England forward, Marcus Rashford, wants the UK government to continue with the free school meal vouchers to children during the forthcoming summer holidays.
The United striker stated this in an open letter to the UK’s 650 Members of Parliament enthusiastically begging them to reverse the Department of Education discontinuation of the voucher which it gives the children for free meals.
He wrote: “The government has taken a “whatever it takes” approach to the economy, I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England [and] I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity.
“Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension.
“This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority…
“Understand: without the kindness and generosity of the community I had around me, there wouldn’t be the Marcus Rashford you see today: a 22-year old black man lucky enough to make a career playing a game I love.
“My story to get here is all-too-familiar for families in England: my mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table. But it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked.
“As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year.
“Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations if we don’t course correct now. “Whilst 1.3 million children in England are registered for free school meals, one quarter of these children have not been given any support since the school closures were ordered.
“This is not about politics; this is about humanity. Looking at ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we did everything we could to protect those who can’t, for whatever reason or circumstance, protect themselves. Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry?”