The 22-year-old Manchester United star spearheaded an initiative to extend food vouchers to children in need, and the government has listened.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an abrupt about-face Tuesday and agreed to keep funding meals for poor students over the summer holidays after young soccer star Marcus Rashford demanded that his government not forget the needs of hungry children.
The Manchester United and England player had pressed the government not to stop a meal voucher program at the end of the school term in July. The 22-year-old has cited his own childhood experience of relying on free school lunches and food banks.
Rashford’s campaign drew support from celebrities, opposition politicians and even some members of Johnson’s governing Conservatives.
Johnson initially resisted, but the government gave in Tuesday and said it would continue to provide food vouchers over the six-week summer break to 1.3 million children in England
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