Marcus Rashford shares cafes and restaurants across Britain offering free meals for school children over half-term
MARCUS Rashford took it upon himself to share a number of cafes and restaurants offering free meals for school children over the half-term.
The Man Utd and England striker, 22, continued to campaign for an end to child hunger after MPs rejected a motion to extend free school meals over the holidays.
The children's meal champion began tweeting the details of more than 20 locations across Britain last night and continued to list them on his account this morning.
They include Bolton, Liverpool, Wirral, Sheffield, Wigan, Bristol and Devon, Whitley Bay, Staffordshire, Nottingham, Stevenage, Teesdale , Anglesey, Whitehaven, Watford and County Durham.
One location shared by the footie ace, Berry's Tearoom in Cumbria, has told customers: "It's half term next week and I know a lot of families are struggling. We are offering a packed lunch to anyone who needs it for their children."
Another, Mumtaz Leeds, wrote: "This is NOT about politics. This is about doing our part to help."
Marcus also let parents know which councils are offering free meal vouchers in a generous bid to help parents out.
They include Liverpool City Council which this morning announced it would provide 20,000 kids from struggling families with free meal vouchers over the half-term.
Twitter users were quick to show their support for Rashford's campaign, with many sharing locations offering free food near them.
One person wrote: "We are all behind you every step."
Another added: "The things you try and do for children is incredible… Really are class for what you try and do."
Yesterday, Marcus Rashford helped out at FareShare in Manchester – a charity aimed at relieving food poverty across the UK which the footballer has already raised £20million for.
It came after he said kids were made to feel like they "don't matter," after he lost his bid to get the nation's most vulnerable youngsters free school meals this winter.
MPs rejected a Labour motion to extend free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 by 322 votes to 261, majority 61.
Marcus shared a lengthy message on Twitter after the vote, pleading with the Government to resume talks on the matter.
"A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter," he said.
"We must stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers. Our views are being clouded by political affiliation. This is not politics, this is humanity."
He called on No10 to "sit around the table" again to come up with a new plan, adding: "I don't have the education of a politician – many on Twitter have made that clear today – but I have a social education having lived through this."
He finished the post by writing: "These children are the future of this country. They are not just another statistic.
"And for as long as they don't have a voice, they will have mine. You have my word on that."
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