Rashford calls for government action in BBC Breakfast exclusive

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by Simon Austin
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Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has called on the government to make a U-turn on their decision to end free school meals for kids in an exclusive interview with BBC Breakfast.

Rashford spoke to sports presenter Sally Nugent from the garden of his Cheshire home, and also opened up about his own struggles as a kid in a single-parent household and about the current Black Lives Matter protests. 

He said: “Basically I’m hoping the government make a U-Turn on the decision to stop the free meal vouchers. I’m hoping they do it as soon as possible. I know they mention they usually do it during the summer holidays, but due to COVID, the situation has changed for everyone around the world.

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“Circumstances change, and for at least the summer holidays, I think they have to make that decision to go back on themselves.

“This is all going on when kids should be concentrating on school work. It’s just crazy to think that this is still going on. We’re in 2020 and it shouldn’t be happening.

“My Mum and I used to go to a shop called Poundworld. She did the best she could in the circumstances. Some families have four or five kids and it’s hard to take control.”

“I knew how hard my Mum was working so I would never moan. If there was food on the table, there was food on the table. If not, I had friends who understood and it might be possible to go to their house and get some food or whatever.”

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