Marcus Rashford campaigns for school meals for 1.3 million children
14 July 2020
Marcus Rashford successfully led a campaign which persuaded the U.K. to extend a free school meals scheme, benefiting 1.3 million children whose families are struggling with low incomes during the pandemic.
The 22-year-old England forward, who told how he did not always have enough to eat as a child, raised GBP 20 million with charity FareShare UK. He then convinced the government to provide an extra GBP 120 million to prolong the meals scheme during the six-week school holidays.
"Look at what we can do when we come together,” Rashford told BBC. “We have to understand the pressures that families are under right now. This will help kids from the families that really need it.”
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