Children's champion Marcus Rashford has the UK Government in his sights again after launching a task force to feed the UK’s 4.2million hungry kids.
Rashford forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make a U-turn and fund free school meals to 1.3million eligible children during the summer holidays and is now targeting Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
The Manchester United and England marksman has published a three-point plan and wants the Chancellor to implement his proposals in his next budget this autumn.
Rashford wants the Government to give free school meals to every child on universal credit to cover an extra 1.7million kids, as well as expanding holiday provision.
Thirdly, he wants to increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers from £3.10 per week to £4.25 and give them to everyone on universal credit.
Rashford has written to the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and every MP asking them to support his task force.
Supermarkets Co-op, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Tesco and Waitrose are backing his campaign, as are Deliveroo, Fareshare, the Food Foundation and Kellogg’s.
Rashford said: “As a sportsman, I have always found such power in unity and teamwork and I’m thrilled that such influential voices have put any allegiance aside to join me on my mission to move the conversation on child food poverty forward.
“There were 4.2million children living in poverty in the UK prior to Covid-19 and this is expected to have risen.
“The task force stand together to offer these vulnerable children the platform they need to have their voices heard.
“I encourage everyone to stop and listen. The time for action is now.
“I’m proud and I’m humbled to see such a reaction and commitment from the food industry and I am confident that together we can help change the lives of those most vulnerable for the better.”
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