"I'm calling on you all today to help me prove to them that being British is something to be proud of.". — Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 19, 2020 4.

Not as simple as you to make out Marcus [sic].

Premier League game after three-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Let's wrap arms around each other and stand together to say that this is unacceptable, that we are united in protecting our children. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google.

In 2020, it shouldn’t be a case of one or the other. With the start of the long summer school holidays, the government intended its current voucher scheme would end. I also know from talking to people that there is a two-child-per-family limit, meaning someone like my mum would only have been able to cover the cost of two of her five children. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help. After his initial success in prompting a change in government policy, Rashford continued his campaigning efforts by forming a child food poverty task force, which has forged links with some of the UK's biggest supermarkets and food brands to help tackle the problem.
"As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is never the child's fault.". He wrote an open letter to politicians asking them to extend the free school meals programme and earned an eventual U-turn. On Manchester United’s website, Rashford explained, “For too long this conversation has been delayed. "Let's protect our young.
I’ve read tweets over the last couple of weeks where some have placed blame on parents for having children they “can’t afford”. “Without delay” the government should, “Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit; Provide meals & activities during all holidays; Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme.”, The petition noted that “Covid-19 has been tough on us all but Government should ensure children don’t pay the price: 14% of parents & 10% of children have experienced food insecurity over the last 6 months; 32% of families have lost income as a result of Covid-19; Demand for food banks this winter is predicted to be 61% higher than last.”. Rashford's petition asks the government to extend the scheme so that free school means are provided "to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit." Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holidays, Mon 15 Jun 2020 01.00 EDT "Whatever your feeling, opinion or judgement, food poverty is never the child's fault," Rashford said (via the Guardian).

But it was not enough. This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Marcus Rashford has more fight in his little toe than in the entire Labour and trade union bureaucracy. PARIS (AP) — It was a case of déjà vu as Marcus Rashford returned to haunt Paris Saint-Germain, scoring with another late winner as Manchester United won 2 … "I think what I would like to do now that I'm in this position is just speak directly to the prime minister and really ask for the vouchers to be extended until at least October half-term because I think that's what the families need. Instead, they worked with the Tories in a de facto national unity government with Labour to enforce a “mass return to work” and the reopening of schools, colleges and universities—resulting in a resurgence of the virus to record levels and intensifying the economic and social crisis facing an already impoverished working class. His spokesperson stated, “We took that decision to extend free school meals during the pandemic when schools were partially closed during lockdown. (1:10). His campaign was given even more impetus when it was announced on Manchester United’s official website under the hashtag #endchildfoodpoverty. "The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has written an emotional open letter to Members of Parliament in the UK, asking them to do more to stop child hunger. This is not dependency, this a cry for help. Labour’s motion and declaration of support for the petition, including mobilising former prime minister and political has-been Gordon Brown to speak in support of Rashford, was an exercise in rank cynicism.

Is Mexico's CONCACAF dominance in jeopardy with so many young Americans making waves in Europe? In England today, 45% of children in black and minority ethnic groups are now in poverty. ", • Rashford starts petition to end child hunger I am asking you to listen to their parents’ stories as I have received thousands of insights from people struggling. Last modified on Tue 16 Jun 2020 05.23 EDT. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/LSEeQ61YRz. I watched the crowds waving their flags and fist-pumping the Three Lions on their shirts and I was overwhelmed with pride not only for myself but for all of those who had helped me reach this moment and achieve my dream of playing for the England national team. Photograph: JMP/Shutterstock The man you see stood in front of you today is a product of her love and care. Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry? Men, women, caregivers, are calling out for our help and we aren’t listening. Is Bruno Fernandes Manchester United's savior?

As we approach the end of the furlough scheme and a period of mass unemployment, the problem of child poverty is only going to get worse. The Labour Party’s opposition sponsored motion read, “That this house calls on the government to continue directly funding provision of free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 to prevent over a million children going hungry during this crisis.”. It increases dependency.”, Rashford responded, “since March, 32% of families have suffered a drop in income. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbours, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps.

In June Rashford convinced the UK government to reverse a decision to end a national voucher scheme to feed children from low-income families. In the run up to the vote, Tory MP Ben Bradley tweeted, “Gov has lots of responsibilities: supporting the vulnerable, helping people to help themselves, balancing the books. • Arsenal hopeful of Tierney return for City

As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. The petition also calls for the government to implement two other recommendations from the National Food Strategy: "provide meals and activities during all holidays" and "increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme." ", Remember when I said I was going to need your help...For the millions who do not have the platform to be heard.Let's stand as a 'United' Kingdom to #endchildfoodpovertySign the petition today: https://t.co/FvvpO6JYWX. The man you see stood in front of you today is a product of her love and care.

Rashford, the youngest of five children, said he was "honoured and humbled" by the award, but has vowed to continue his fight to end child poverty with a personal appeal to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend support. ", Hislop: Rashford 'brave' to use his platform to effect change (1:10), Rashford's request to end child hunger rejected, Liverpool's win over Ajax steadied Klopp's side after a rocky week, Eder Militao 3/10, Varane 4/10 as Real suffer shock UCL defeat to Shakhtar, Zidane: 'Bad game, bad night' for Real Madrid, Liverpool win not 'sunny, shiny' football - Klopp, Ozil blasts Arsenal's lack of loyalty after Prem axe, Rashford reacts after MPs reject meals campaign, Arteta takes 'full responsibility' for dropping Ozil, Sources: Coutinho, Griezmann in pay-cut talks, Aguirre: MLS less likely to sack losing coaches, Transfer Talk: PSG, Juve monitoring Ramos' contract situation, Man City win UCL opener but will need to eliminate mistakes to finally reach the elusive summit. Rashford penned an open letter to the government in June, urging them to reverse their decision and extend free school meals through summer 2020, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson later reversing the government's decision and launching the COVID Summer Food Fund.

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