FREE MEALS THANKS TO RASHFORD
Updated: Nov 9
So much has happened in 2020 and we are still going! The Pandemic pushed people into lockdown and had a devastating impact on the security of household food. A poll by the charity of the Food Foundation saw that 200,000 children were missing meals. Marcus Rashford started a campaign which the government invested in by providing free school meals to children in England in the summer holidays of 2020.
He wrote a letter to the Government and petitioned it on Twitter for people to tag their MP’s and create the commotion that was needed for this matter.
The initiative was inspired to help out by his own tough upbringing in Wythenshawe, Manchester, where he grew up with his four siblings. When he heard the Government was axing £15-a-week food vouchers throughout the school summer holidays, Marcus spoke up. He set about backing charity FareShare, setting himself a target of raising £100,000 to provide 400,000 meals for those in need. By June he had drummed up £20million, which will feed three million people across the UK.
This all came to an end this month when the government defeated the campaign with a vote against providing meals to the poverty stricken children in England. However, this has not stopped Marcus Rashford in the fight for the future of our community.
Even better, Marcus set out to find a greater force - Strangers. Dozens of Bars, restaurants, cafes wanted to help and offer support in this battle. Marcus was “Blown away by news of local businesses stepping up to fill the voucher scheme deficit during the October half term. Selflessness, kindness, togetherness, this is the England I know,” he tweeted. “Add #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY to your tweets so I can track them. I will share as many as I can.”
This October Half Term we are providing free music production classes everyday from 11am to 3pm.