Victory as Boris Johnson makes U-turn over free school meals

Victory as Boris Johnson makes U-turn over free school meals

- Marcus Rashford is helping poor children in the UK with free food

- The Manchester United star sought government support for the initiative

- British government has also stated that it will be establishing a Covid-19 food fund throughout the summer

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It is celebration time for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford as the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for the £15-a-week free school meals vouchers to continue.

Rashford has been involved in helping poor kids with free meals during the summer holidays and now government has promised to help fund the scheme after there was pressure from Tory MPs and celebrities.

Vouchers will now be given to parents for them to use for their kids in supermarkets.

"I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, this is England in 2020," the Manchester United ace tweeted.

According to a spokesperson to the prime minister, the British government will henceforth run a Covid-19 food fund for the entire duration of the summer.

He said: “The PM welcomed Marcus Rashford’s contribution to the debate around poverty and I said he would be responding as soon as possible.
"This will provide food vouchers covering the six-week holiday period."
Marcus Rashford: Victory for Man Utd star as Boris Johnson u-turns over free school meals

Marcus Rashford celebrates a goal for United. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Only 24 hours earlier, Marcus Rashford's plea to extend the free school meals during the summer holidays was rejected.

A spokesman of the prime minister on Monday said that the scheme would be ending with the school term.

Johnson's spokesperson promised to respond to the Man United striker's letter as soon as he could:

“He’s been using his profile in a positive way to highlight some very important issues.”

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has thanked his mother for the sacrifice she made which helped him get into the Red Devils' youth team when he was 11.

The striker explained that his mother Melanie pushed for Manchester United to admit him into the youth team at the age of 11 even though the programme was meant for 12-year-olds and above.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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