The 22-year-old Footballer “Marcus Rashford” has formed a task force together with some UK’s biggest food brands. This is to aid in reducing child food poverty. He successfully campaigned to extend free school meals this summer.
He has however written to MPs, stating the helps he feels some families still need. They include expanding the numbers who are eligible for receiving free school meals and also offer them free food and activities during school holidays in England.
However, Mr. Rashford has spoken about his own experiences of making use of a food voucher scheme as a child and also he was praised for pressing the government into a U-turn on the issue.
Union of the Taskforce in Aiding Child Food Poverty
The group of businesses, supermarkets, and charities including Asda, Co-op, Aldi, FareShare, Deliveroo, Food Foundation, Kellogg’s, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose. Have formed a task force and backed a proposal from National Food Strategy, an independent review of UK food policy.
The taskforce is however calling for three policy recommendations by the National Food Strategy. And it is to be funded as soon as possible.
These policies include
- Expanding an existing school holiday food and activities program to help all children with free school meals throughout England. Instead of the current 50,000 children that are helped.
- Expanding free school meals to every child from a household on equivalent or Universal Credit. Thereby reaching an additional 1.5m children aged 7 to 16.
- To increase the value of the Healthy Start vouchers – which helps parents with children under the age of 4 and also pregnant women buy some basic foods – from 3.10 pounds to 4.25 pounds per week. And expanding it to all those on Universal Credit or equivalent, reaching an additional 290,000 people.
The taskforce however says that “implementing the three recommendations would mark a unifying step to identifying a long-term solution to child poverty in the UK”.