‘I benefited from free school meals’: Khan backs Rashford’s campaign


"I will continue doing everything within my power to end the pandemic that is food poverty and support the most vulnerable children in our society so that each one of them can fulfil their potential, as you have done," says London mayor Sadiq Khan. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
"I will continue doing everything within my power to end the pandemic that is food poverty and support the most vulnerable children in our society so that each one of them can fulfil their potential, as you have done," says London mayor Sadiq Khan. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

ENGLAND striker Marcus Rashford has said he is “more determined than ever” to eradicate child food poverty in the UK as he thanked London mayor Sadiq Khan for his solid backing.



The 22-year-old Manchester United star has formed a taskforce along with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands designed to address the issue after persuading the government into a U-turn to extend free school meals over the summer during lockdown.

The campaign has earned him widespread plaudits including from Khan, who termed food poverty a “pandemic”.

The mayor, who is a big Liverpool fan, said on Wednesday (23) “it wasn’t easy being complimentary about a Man Utd star… but on this issue I couldn’t agree more”.



 

“Children all over the UK are crying out for our help. This is much bigger than me, than football, than politics,” says Marcus Rashford. (File photo)

 

“Every child should have the right to healthy, affordable and sustainable food, no matter their circumstances,” he added.



In a letter to Rashford on Monday, Khan had said he wanted “reach out” and thank him for the “inspiring campaign”.

“As a child, I benefited from free school meals,” wrote Khan. “Life would have been much harder for my family if we didn’t have them and I know how important they are.

“Your campaign, as well as the tireless efforts of charities and campaigners, many of whom we work with here in London, meant hundreds of thousands of children received the vital support they desperately needed over the summer holiday.



“But our fight to end child poverty doesn’t stop here. Every child should have the right to healthy, affordable and sustainable food no matter what their circumstances or where they live.

“I will continue doing everything within my power to end the pandemic that is food poverty and support the most vulnerable children in our society so that each one of them can fulfil their potential, as you have done.”

 

 

Rashford thanked Khan for his “kind words” and called on other fans to also forget rivalries when it comes to social causes.

“I do what I do for Liverpool as much as anywhere,” Rashford tweeted. “Children all over the UK are crying out for our help. This is much bigger than me, than football, than politics. It’s time we all started listening, instead of clouding our views will allegiances and rivalries.”