Marcus Rashford has said that he has welcomed the steps to combat child poverty in the country and the Manchester striker spoke to Boris Johnson yesterday.

Reports say that the Governmemt is to provide free meals to disadvantaged children in England during the Christmas holidays as part of a package of support said to be worth £396m

The commitment will also provide meals over the Easter and summer holidays and extend an existing programme which provides activities and food in school holidays and follows Rashford’s campaigning on the issue that saw his petition gain over a million signatures.

The Prime Minister phoned Rashford after the striker had planned in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Everton with Rashford tweeting

“ Just had a great conversation with the Prime Minister, now is the time for collaboration”

Later in a statement Rashford added

“The steps made today will improve the lives of near 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months, and that can only be celebrated.” adding that:

Seeing the role that everyone has played in supporting vulnerable children has been the greatest moment of my life.I have been overweight by the outpouring of empathy and understanding


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