A fan page created with the aim of making Marcus Rashford the next Prime Minister has started to gain traction on Facebook.
The Manchester United and England striker today launched a new campaign to end the child hunger pandemic, calling on Britons to write to their MP to support himHenry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy.
As part of the recommendations, he urges the government to extend eligibility for free school meals to all children aged 7 to 18 in all households earning £ 20,000 or less after allowances, and to children without papers or living in immigrant households without “any recourse to public funds” (NRPF).
Long-term funding for the holiday activities and food program and the expansion of eligibility for a healthy start are also among the requests.
New data from the Food Foundation shows more UK households with children aged 17 and under are food insecure than in the first wave of the pandemic.
A survey of 6,490 UK households found that 15% have experienced food insecurity in the past six months – levels which are around 27% higher than before the pandemic.
Rashford said: “While we have come a long way in the past 20 months, bringing the issue of child food poverty to the forefront, devastatingly the problem is not getting worse.
“The entire nation has supported the national team this summer, so let’s put those numbers in football terms: you can fill 27 Wembley stadiums with the 2.5 million kids who are struggling to figure out where their could come from. next meal today.
“What will it take to make these children a priority? Instead of cutting social security support, we should be focusing our efforts on developing a long-term sustainable roadmap to emerge from this pandemic of child hunger. “
‘He lived it’
Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Monday, Dimbleby said Rashford was an “incredible” voice for the cause, adding: “He lived it.
“He can really speak from the experience and he gets rid of this idea that somehow this nanny statism or these are things families should be able to do on their own by painting a picture of this. than it is to be in this situation. “
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