Marcus Rashford's free school meals petition hits one million signatures

Marcus Rashford's free school meals petition hits one million signatures

MARCUS Rashford's petition to help kids get free school meals during the holidays has reached one million signatures.

The campaign to feed hungry children during the school holidays reached the milestone just two weeks after it was launched by the footballer.

Rashford was awarded an MBE for his work helping hungry kids – however, the government has refused to provide free meals over half-term.

The Manchester United footballer started the petition after he successfully campaigned and secured £15 food vouchers for kids in the Easter and summer holidays.

On the Parliament website, the petition asked for money to be allocated to: "Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit.

"Provide meals & activities during all holidays."

"Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25 per week, and expand the scheme."

Rashford made clear the recommendations ought to be implemented "without delay."

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has been accused by those close to him of “misreading the mood of Britain” by rebuffing the footballer’s campaign.


The PM has said he would look to increase funding for the poorest families during the Christmas holidays – and the Government insisted it was giving cash to councils to fund the meals instead.

It comes as singer Ed Sheeran teamed up with Marcus Rashford to feed the nation’s school kids by opening his own breakfast club.

The 29-year-old singer has thrown open the doors of his restaurant Bertie Blossoms to lay on grub for needy kids.

An army of local cafes and restaurants also answered Rashford's rallying call to offer free meals for kids during half-term.

The children's meal champion, 22, said he was "blown away" by all the small businesses offering their help after MPs rejected a motion to extend free school meals over the holidays.

Rashford began tweeting the details of more than 20 locations across Britain earlier this week and continued to list them on his account.

Thanking them for their support, Marcus wrote on Twitter: "Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term.

"Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know."

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