Marcus Rashford’s petition to end child food poverty has hit millions of signatures as thousands of local cafes, restaurants and businesses step in to support struggling families without access to free school meals during the half semester break.
It is one of only five parliamentary petitions to have drawn a million signatures, and the first since the last general election, fueled by the 22-year-old Manchester United footballer’s campaign skills and deft use of social media to garner support.
Hundreds of thousands of people registered in protest afterwards Last week lawmakers rejected the Labor Party’s motion to extend free school meals through Easter 2021 to keep children from going hungry.
Labor has since been building pressure, calling for transparency over the role of the chancellor reports from a single line between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education. “It is hard to believe that this government refused to provide food to the poorest children in the country at the height of the pandemic,” said the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds.
“And now the ministers are getting into a desperate blame game rather than admitting they made this mistake and correcting it.”
The chancellor’s spending review was set for November 25 and Downing Street said Rishi Sunak could announce extra support to feed families during school holidays, although many in government remain against food stamps.
The Rashford Petition calls on the government to expand access to free school meals, provide meals and activities during the holidays to prevent hunger and expand health start-up schemes to provide more support to young mothers regarding alimony.
A million milestones passed, Manchester United and England strikers using his Twitter account to highlight great-grandmother’s efforts Flo Osborne, 89, who has baked hundreds of pies to feed starving children for half a month.
More than 2,000 cafes, restaurants and other businesses in the UK have so far followed Rashford’s call to support struggling families for half a semester, according to All Of Us Together, a team of tech and campaign volunteers who have founded a interactive map to register participating organizations.
Alison Killing, of the All Of Us Together team, said they asked participating businesses to report back on how much food they gave during the week to create demand maps and help local councils support families.
“We want to make sure we catch the places that offer help, and make sure that struggling families see where they can get help locally – sharing maps on your local facebook group and in your community will go a long way toward making that happen. occur.”