Marcus Rashford has shared a heartwarming throwback of him attending ‘breakfast club’ during his school days – just weeks after his successful free meals campaign.
The Man Utd striker won his fight against the UK Government earlier this month by persuading them to provide free school meals during the summer holidays.
Rashford was a beneficiary of a similar scheme when he was a youngster, aimed at helping vulnerable children to stop them going hungry.
In a post on his Twitter account, Rashford uploaded a picture of him as a child sitting eating breakfast with a friend whilst both in school uniform.
Along with the image, Rashford wrote: “Breakfast club. Where friendships are made.”
Rashford’s free school meals campaign gathered significant public backing before the Government made a U-turn and pledged £120million to supplying disadvantaged youngsters with food throughout the holidays.
The 22-year-old had already raised more than £20million in food donations for charity Fare Share to provide the meals throughout lockdown.
Coming from a family of five children himself, Rashford had initially contacted the Government by letter asking them to consider his request.
Discussing the letter on BBC Breakfast, Rashford said: “It’s written from the heart and it’s about how my life was at the moment – the letter is to open up and let people understand the impact on families and to know I’ve done the right thing.
“What families are going through now, I’ve once had to go through that – and it’s very difficult to find a way out. It’s very important for me to help people who are struggling – whether the outcome changes or doesn’t change, that’s why I wrote it.”
Rashford’s efforts have received considerable praise from all corners, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spoke to the forward personally to thank him for looking out for those less fortunate.
The England international now plans to tackle more issues following the success of his campaign.
“I don’t want this to be the end of it because there are more steps that need to be taken and we just need to analyse the response,” he added.
“People are struggling all year around so we still need to learn more about the situation people are in and how we can help them best.”
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