Marcus Rashford has been praised after MPs approved an extension to the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period, following a campaign by the Manchester United forward.
Children from across England will now have access to free school meal vouchers throughout the six-week summer holidays, through the “Covid-19 summer food fund”, Downing Street said.
Rashford has been vocal in persuading the government into a U-turn on the matter, writing an open letter to MPs on Monday and citing his own experiences of growing up and not having enough to eat outside of term time.
I don’t even know what to say.
Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020
After the government announced its decision, Marcus tweeted: ‘I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.’
He later added in another tweet, directed at MPs: “This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard. I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right.
“There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight. The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority.”
Rashford, who has raised the issue of food poverty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has been commended by figures throughout the world of football for his intervention.
Marcus’s team-mate, and United’s captain, Harry Maguire replied to Rashford’s tweet saying “top class”, while the Reds’ Under-18 coach Neil Ryan said: “Well done Marcus! Making the whole country proud!”
Top class 👏👏
— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) June 16, 2020
United legend Paddy Crerand added: “I’m delighted for him, it’s great what he’s doing, absolutely fantastic, and I hope he gets the praise he deserves”, while Alex Stepney and Paul McGrath also offered their support.
BBC pundit and former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: “Great to see @ManUtd’s number 10 changing policy at number 10. Extraordinary campaign and win for the brilliant @MarcusRashford.”
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