One of the true champions for children who has emerged throughout the Covid crisis has been Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
His campaign to end child food poverty by ensuring that underprivileged school children can access free school meals over the holidays has been a true test of determination. While currently the calls to extend the campaign until Easter 2021 remain uncertain individuals and businesses are stepping forward to help plug the gap where the government has currently blocked the bid to extend the initiative – unlike Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Rashford aired his disappointment on Twitter, posting.
“Put aside all the noise, the digs, the party politics and let’s focus on the reality,” Rashford had written on Twitter. “A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter because of comments that have been made today.
“We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity.
“We talk about the devastating impact of Covid-19 but, if projections are anything to go by, child food poverty has the potential to become the greatest pandemic the country has ever faced.
“We must start working together and unite to protect our most vulnerable children. No more sticking plasters.
“Let’s face this head on. Let’s level up once and for all. The asks of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce remain the same. We are endorsing Government-commissioned policy recommendations that were built from extensive research and data analysis.
“These policies are vital to stabilising millions of households across the UK and need to be implemented without delay. Child hunger should never be faced with looming deadlines.”
In a time when more families are facing poverty than ever before, many have rallied behind Rashford’s initiative to end child poverty, imploring the government not to stop free school meals for around 1.3million disadvantaged UK children.
How we are helping
Here at Benoit Properties, we are proud to help to support Marcus Rashford’s campaign by donating to Fareshare to provide 2000 meals for disadvantaged children.
Director Matt Lavin says “as a business who work within many cities where there can be obvious disparity, we believe it’s our duty to ensure that we are always giving back to the communities in which we work, whether that it through local or national projects.
Marcus Rashford has truly opened the UK’s eyes the desperately sad fact that, in a country with some of the richest in the world, children are still going to bed hungry.
We hope that by providing these meals, we can, in our own way, help to make a difference”.
Find out how you can donate at https://fareshare.org.uk/