Marcus Rashford has stepped up his battle to ensure children don’t go hungry in the UK as he announced the formation of the Child Food Poverty Task Force.
The Manchester United striker has taken a leading role in ensuring that the Covid-19 pandemic does not mean more children share his poverty-hit upbringing. Rashford successfully lobbied the government to inspire a U-turn on plans to end support for summer school meal vouchers in June.
And, in the week when the England football team are due to return to the pitch, Rashford is front and centre of it, acting as the figurehead for the newly announced task force.
For the millions who don’t have the platform to be heard…
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 1, 2020
Rashford has brought together supermarkets and food shops Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose as well as food manufacturers Kellogg’s and food charities FareShare and Food Foundation as well as Deliveroo to back his campaigning.
The 22-year-old’s new team are demanding that the government expand their free school meal offering to reach an additional 1.5 million seven-to-16 year olds by including households on Universal Credit or equivalent.