Rashford thanks businesses for free school meals

Twenty families in South Chadderton will receive food each day to include a breakfast pack lunch pack and tea pack

The star also shared messages from Redbridge Council, Southwark Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Council, announcing they would provide free school meal vouchers over half-term. The scheme is believed to have cost around £126m.

Andy Street, the Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands, said the government should have made "a clear decision" on whether it would or would not fund free school meals during holidays "well in advance".

"But we are in a different position now that we have welcomed all pupils back to school", he added.

Thousands of children in the United Kingdom receive free school meals due to their low income, but there is growing concern that when school is finishes for the Christmas holidays, the meals will end and children may go hungry.

Tory MP Caroline Ansell has resigned over the rejected motion.

"Paul Scully should apologise for his disgraceful comment and Conservative MPs should do something about this injustice by supporting Labour's plan to ensure no child goes hungry over Christmas".

In North Somerset's constituencies, 3,595 children were eligible for free schools meals in the last school year, according to the latest Department for Education figures.

"Once again, they are failing to provide my constituents with the financial support they urgently need".

A vote in the UK Parliament was backed by opposition party Labour, but Boris Johnson's Conservative government voted down the measure on Wednesday - dealing a blow to Rashford's campaign, but also, he says, to the masses of children across the United Kingdom who will be going hungry and feeling like they have been abandoned by their government officials.

"Now I have no doubt that Mr Rashford is an expert in his own experience, but we should not forget that the experiences he so movingly described took place under a Labour government then supposedly at the peak of its powers in tackling child poverty in this country". "Whether at school, or at home".

Stevenage council leader Sharon Taylor and her colleagues have been working to set up a scheme to help those affected by the government vote.

He wants the free meals expanded to all school holidays, and also given to anyone who gets Universal Credit or equivalent.

"We talk about the devastating impact of Covid-19 but, if projections are anything to go by, child food poverty has the potential to become the greatest pandemic the country has ever faced". Our views are being clouded by political affiliation.

He appealed to MPs to put aside their differences, saying: "This is not politics, this is humanity".

"We support kids on low incomes in school and we will continue to do so", he said during Prime Minister's Questions.

Reacting to criticism from some MPs, including claims of "virtue-signalling", he told BBC Breakfast: "I'll take that all day long as long as we start to see improvements going forward for the people that are in need of it now".



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