Friday, September 25, 2020

Marcus Rashford urges govt. to reconsider their decision on food voucher scheme

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford wrote a letter to MPs calling for the Government to reverse the decision not to extend its food voucher scheme into the summer.

The Manchester United forward has raised £20million for charity FareShare to feed three million children per week who would otherwise be going hungry during the lockdown.

Marcus Rashford believes more humanity still needed on helping 1.3million pupils registered for free school meals.

Rashford wrote: “The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy – I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England.

“I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension.

“This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance.

“Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority.”

He added: “This is a system failure and without education, we’re encouraging this cycle of hardship to continue.

“To put this pandemic in to perspective, from 2018-2019, 9 out of 30 children in any given classroom were living in poverty in the UK.”

The Man United forward also shared stories from those struggling during the coronavirus outbreak.

“I have listened when fathers have told me they are struggling with depression, unable to sleep, worried sick about how they are going to support their families having lost their jobs unexpectedly,” Rashford added.

“Headteachers who are personally covering the cost of food packages for their vulnerable families after the school debit card has been maxed out.

“Mothers who can’t cover the cost of increased electricity and food bills during the lockdown, and parents who are sacrificing their own meals for their children.

“In 2020, it shouldn’t be a case of one or the other.”

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