Marcus Rashford may have seen his efforts to get the government to provide food to the poorest children defeated in generally this week, however, the footballer has harnessed a force far greater than parliament in his fight to beat food poverty – the kindness of foreigners.
When the news broke that a Labor A motion to provide 1.4 million disadvantaged children in Britain with £ 15 a week in food vouchers over the holidays to Easter 2021 was rejected by the government on Wednesday night, dozens of hard-hit restaurants, bars and cafes contacted Rashford for assistance. .
The Manchester United and UK strikers’ campaign to end child food poverty calls for an extension of free school meals for more than 1.4 million British children, an increase in the value of Healthy Start fresh fruit and vegetable vouchers for low-income pregnant women, and an expansion of the holiday hunger scheme led by charity.
At 10.30pm on Thursday, Rashford expressed his intention: “Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the coupon scheme deficit during the mid-October period. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know, “he said tweeted. “Add #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY to your tweet so I can track it. I will share as much as I can. “
He then starts a steady stream of posts, mostly screengrabs from local sites on Facebook, tagged with where help can be found. Offers came from everywhere, including Wigan and Watford, St Helens and Middlesbrough, Hull, Falmouth, Liverpool and Lincoln.
Posting his last tweet just before midnight, the footballer restarted at 7.49am. As one observer put it: “Marcus Rashford appears to have established an alternative government.”
Owner He Trunk Tapas in Stevenage writes that the government’s decision not to fund food is “truly heartbreaking”, adding: “We can’t do anything to change that decision, so we need to help! We work in an industry that is being destroyed by this virus, but can’t use that as an excuse. “Customers applaud the move, offering to donate costs.” What a wonderful thing to offer, “wrote local Rohan Gordon.” Community spirit lives on. “
Even companies without a background in hospitality promise support, Summer Home Interior at Shrewsbury wrote, offering to make lunch bags for children as a receipt for free school meals, adding: “We’re not sure how successful this will be or how busy it will be so please be patient – we’re just trying to do our part for our community.”
Owner of Berry tea room at Cumbria offering packed lunches, saying as single parents of three children, they understand what it feels like to need help: “You can confidently send me a private message and stop by and pick it up. Please don’t feel embarrassed. “
In north Liverpool, Panda taxi offer a free ride to any family who needs to the food bank, Manjaros at Middlesbrough promised to quietly deliver food packages, meanwhile Rhubarb Shed cafe in Sheffield offering sandwiches, cupcakes and hot chocolate after seeing other companies in Rotherham do the same. “Although this token may be small, we hope it brings smiles to the faces of some children during this dark time,” wrote the owner.
The tidal wave of goodness continued at Leeds, where Muntaz offering free chicken or vegetable biryanis to children between the ages of four and 16, writing: “This is NOT about politics. It’s about doing our part to help […] Kindness only produces good. We have to help each other during these difficult times. “
Boards including Redbridge and Southwark have also said they would go into breach. Redbridge board member Khayer Chowdhury writes: “If the government won’t feed starving children, this area of London will.”
In response to the tweet, which continued on Friday, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted: “If you need to be reminded that our country is much better and more generous than this government, take a look @TokopediaTwitter feed this morning. #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY“
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