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Rashford continues to tackle child food poverty

Rashford continues to tackle child food poverty

Rashford continues to tackle child food poverty

In his latest action to tackle child food poverty, footballer Marcus Rashford has formed a task-force with some of the UK’s biggest food brands.

A poll conducted earlier this year found that an estimated 2.4million British children are living in food poverty.

As the majority of children were absent from school during the coronavirus lockdown, the government provided vouchers to families whose children qualify for free meals.

It had insisted this would not continue into the summer holidays.

But, Rashford called upon the government to reverse this decision, drawing on the impact of his own experiences of food poverty.

He successfully petitioned the government to extend free school meals across this year’s summer holiday.

This u-turn enabled around 1.3million children in England to claim food vouchers during the holiday.

Writing to local MP’s, he has spoken out about his own experience of using a food voucher scheme as a child, outlining the help he feels some families still need.

Rashford’s new task-force is comprised of the likes of Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Deliveroo, FareShare, Food Foundation, Iceland, Kellogg’s, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.

The task-force is calling for upon the government to expand free school meals to every child from a household on Universal Credit or equivalent, reaching an additional 1.5m children aged seven to 16.

And, to expand holiday food and activities to support all children on free school meals, reaching an additional 1.1m children.

The firms are now backing proposals from the National Food Strategy, and Marcus Rashford says he is “confident” the group could help change lives.

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