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Sport Marcus Rashford: How the striker made ending food poverty his goal

07:15  25 october  2020
07:15  25 october  2020 Source:   pressassociation.com

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a man in a green car: Marcus Rashford has campaigned on food poverty (Fareshare/Mark Waugh/PA) © Fareshare/Mark Waugh Marcus Rashford has campaigned on food poverty (Fareshare/Mark Waugh/PA)

The striker has become a talisman since breaking through into the Manchester United ranks in 2015, going on to play a role in FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League wins.

But his recent performances – which have been equally lauded – have seen Rashford take the Government to task over the provision of free school meals, a campaign which has seen him awarded an MBE for fighting child food poverty.

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Marcus Rashford ’s campaign which is simply to feed hungry kids during the school holidays, is gaining more support as it was first rejected by the Rashford also called on his fans and fellow footballers to help sign an online petition, which its aim is to end food poverty in the UK. “If you can do one thing

MARCUS RASHFORD has been using his downtime to continue his inspirational work feeding the hungry. Marcus Rashford has continued his inspirational work feeding the hungry. He wrote: “To the staff, volunteers and everyone that continues to work behind the scenes to make a difference

Upon being told of the honour, Rashford said he never foresaw a “young black man from Wythenshawe” being given the honour, let alone at his age.

Rashford has written about his experiences as a youngster and how his mother worked full-time earning minimum wage “to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table” – an experience he said was “all-too-familiar for families in England”.

During the coronavirus pandemic, he teamed up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to help raise £20 million, which meant 3.9 million meals could be distributed to vulnerable people every week.

In an open letter to MPs in June, he wrote: “Without the kindness and generosity of the community I had around me, there wouldn’t be the Marcus Rashford you see today.

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Marcus Rashford visiting FareShare Greater Manchester at New Smithfield Market. Celebrities and politicians have come out in support of Marcus Rashford ’s campaign to end child hunger in On Thursday, Rashford vowed to continue his campaigning, and paid tribute to food poverty charities

Proud Marcus Rashford hailed the nation for backing his kids’ meal crusadeCredit: PA:Empics Sport. Marcus Rashford as a child, pictured centre of the back row. “We’re giving away the food we have in McDonald’s will provide funding to FareShare, a charity aimed at relieving food poverty

“As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year.

“It’s only now that I really understand the enormous sacrifice my mum made in sending me away to live in digs aged 11, a decision no mother would ever make lightly.”

Rashford started out at Fletcher Moss Rangers, signing for the club as an under 9 academy player and going on to join the ranks of Manchester United.

He rose to prominence after scoring twice on his senior debut as an 18-year-old in a Europa League victory over Midtjylland in February 2016, and managed 22 in all competitions last season.

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Marcus Rashford has vowed to continue representing "vulnerable children" after members of the UK parliament voted against providing free school meals to low-income families over the holidays.

What changes does Marcus Rashford want to make now? Marcus has written to MPs saying he hopes the government will find the money to make the changes "without delay". Rashford has stressed the importance of tackling the views around child food poverty , and changing attitudes about asking

However, he has become almost as well-known for his activism in recent months.

His June letter, which was followed by a Government reversal on the extension of free school meals for children during the summer holidays, said: “As a Black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic.

“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.

“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.”

Marcus Rashford holding a football ball: Marcus Rashford has won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with United (Mike Egerton/PA) © Provided by PA Media Marcus Rashford has won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League with United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Since then, United’s number 10 has continued to pressure Number 10 on child food poverty, launching a petition asking for an expansion of access to Free School Meals.

Fletcher Moss Rangers has a list of their former players who have gone on to turn professional.

Alongside Jesse Lingard and Danny Welbeck, the list includes Rashford with a note saying: “He has excelled in his ambition to be the best he can be.”

The hundreds of thousands who are backing his fight – along with millions who back United week in week out – would probably agree.

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