Marcus Rashford has hit back on Downing Street after pointing out that ministers would not offer free school meals to children during the Christmas break.
The England and Manchester United striker wrote on Twitter: “Merry Christmas, kids…
“It’s not up to the food banks to feed millions of British children, either, but here we are. 250% more food poverty and rising …
“It won’t go away anytime soon, and neither will I …”
His comments came after spokesman # 10 said, “It is not up to schools to provide regular meals to students during school holidays.”
“We believe that the best way to support families outside of semester time is through universal credit, rather than the government subsidizing meals.”
It comes after an ardent plea from the England international last week in which he said: “Whatever your feeling, opinion or judgment, food poverty is never the child’s fault. Let’s protect our young.
“Let’s put our arms around each other and stand together to say this is unacceptable and that we all agree to protect our children.
“Today, millions of children are in the most vulnerable environment and are starting to wonder what it really means to be British.
I urge you all today to help me prove to them that being British is something to be proud of.
“Right now, a generation that was punished for lack of access to educational resources during this pandemic is back in school and struggling to concentrate because of worry and the sound of their stomach growling.”
The footballer forced the government to do a U-turn on vacation meal vouchers in June when the coronavirus pandemic peaked.