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Marcus Rashford calls on UK government to ‘find humanity’ and combat child hunger

During the coronavirus outbreak, the UK government offered meals or food vouchers to low-income families whose children were eligible for free school meals, an incentive that will not run in the summer holidays but one that Rashford has urged MPs to extend.Visit for more news, videos and sportIn the letter, the England international highlighted that 200,000 children had to skip meals during the coronavirus lockdown because their families couldn't access sufficient food, according to charity Food Foundation."My story to get here is all too familiar for families in England," 22-year-old Rashford, who grew up in a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, wrote in the letter."My mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table. But it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked."As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year."READ: Another milestone for Lionel Messi in first game back for BarcelonaREAD: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has 'far exceeded' former Manchester United teammate Peter Schmeichel's expectationsRashford has helped raise over £20 million ($25 million) in donations alongside food charity FareShare since March, reaching 1,280,000 children.Having made his United debut at the age of 18, Rashford has gone on to score 64 goals in 201 appearances for the club, as well as earning 38 England caps.Manchester Premier League rivals come together to support local food banks amid coronavirus pandemic"The Government has taken a 'whatever it takes' approach to the economy — I'm asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England," Rashford concluded in his letter."I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension."This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes oRead More – Source