The campaign from Marcus Rashford urging the government to reverse their decision to stop food vouchers over the summer has been successful.
This afternooon, the UK government announced they would be making food vouchers available worth £15 per week to over 1.3 million children in the UK over the summer, thanks to Marcus’ campaign.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said: “Owing to the coronavirus pandemic the Prime Minister fully understands that children and parents face an entirely unprecedented situation over the summer.
“To reflect this we will be providing a Covid Summer Food Fund. This will provide food vouchers covering the six-week holiday period.
“This is a specific measure to reflect the unique circumstances of the pandemic.
“The scheme will not continue beyond the summer and those eligible will be those who already qualify for free school meals.”
About Rashford specifically, he said: “The PM welcomes his (Rashford’s) contribution to the debate around poverty and respects the fact that he has been using his profile as a leading sportsman to highlight important issues.”
Marcus took to Twitter to express his delight at the news, tweeting: “I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.”
Having faced some backlash for his actions from a few fundamentally moronic human beings, Rashford also tweeted a small statement directed at MP’s:
Well done Marcus – this is an outstanding achievement from an outstanding individual. We’re all very proud of the man you’ve become!