Marcus Rashford “Despairs” At Lack Of Help For Free School Meals

The footballer who has been campaigning for free school meals has been repeatedly rejected by the government. But he hasn’t given up yet.

Rashford, who has spoken of his own history of food poverty growing up in the Manchester district of Wythenshawe, has been knocked back by Boris Johnson repeatedly despite pressure from child poverty groups.

“I don’t have the education of a politician, many on Twitter have made that clear today, but I have a social education having lived through this and having spent time with the families and children most affected. These children matter.”

The incumbent Conservative government is known for its extreme austerity measures that have seen thousands of families sent into debt.

He told his 3.5 million Twitter followers: “We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity…”

The government’s own research has found that more than 4.2 million children are living in poverty. That figure is expected to go up and with a second wave of Covid-19 expected, children could see themselves studying from home again increasing that number further.

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