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Manchester United star inspires UK government to child food poverty plan

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Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, inspires the UK government.

The 23-year old Manchester United star, Marcus Rashford, has been adamant about bringing change in the United Kingdom, especially concerning the children of the country.

Rashford said he was “overwhelmed with pride” as he again managed to successfully lobby the UK government in providing help to underprivileged children across the country in the form of a new child food poverty plan, which will ensure no kid goes hungry over the winter holidays.

The United star was phoned by Prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday after their 3-1 win against Everton, to discuss help for underprivileged families in the winter months. This, after growing pressure on the government after Rashford’s constant and unrelenting activism on social media, with tens of thousands of people backing his cause.

The English forward has been in a constant tussle with the Johnson and the government ever since the proposed free meal plan for the summer holidays was rejected in the House of Commons in June, but Rashford’s online petitioning calling out the authorities forced a successful U-turn on more than one occasion, with him managing to extend the scheme through to Easter 2021 with a new proposed extra funding of 170 million pounds ($220 million) for the campaign.

“I had a good conversation with the prime minister to better understand the proposed plan, and I very much welcome the steps that have been taken to combat child food poverty in the UK,” Rashford said on social media.

“There is still so much more to do, and my immediate concern is the approximate 1.7m children who miss out on free school meals, holiday provision and Healthy Start vouchers because their family income isn’t quite low enough, but the intent the government have shown today is nothing but positive and they should be recognized for that.”

“I am so proud of ‘us’ as a collective. ‘Us’ being the local businesses, charity workers, volunteers, teachers, social workers, carers, and key workers. Together we have demonstrated the power of kindness and compassion. We have shown that when it comes down to the wire, we will always have each other.”

“Seeing the role everyone has played in supporting our most vulnerable children has been the greatest moment of my life. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of empathy and understanding.”

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Rashford just recently had a stunning mural of him painted on the side of Coffee House Café on Copson Street in Withington, Manchester by famous street artist Akse, who has hailed the footballer for his efforts to combat child poverty saying the young Man Utd player has “inspired the whole nation.” The art comprises of a picture of Marcus, with the quote Take pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose.

Image Credit – Marcus Rashford MBE Twitter

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