Man Utd ace Marcus Rashford sets up taskforce to reduce child food poverty in UK

Marcus Rashford has formed a special taskforce with leading companies in a bid to reduce child food poverty in the UK.

The England and Manchester United star successfully campaigned with the Government to extend free school meals this summer – earning huge praise across the nation.

Now he has linked up with some of the biggest food brands to help some of the most underprivileged youngsters in the UK on a more permanent basis.

The 22-year-old has written to MPs, outlining the help he feels some families still need.

Along with a group of supermarkets, businesses and charities – including Asda, Co-op, Deliveroo, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose – Rashford has formed a taskforce and backed proposals from the 'National Food Strategy', an independent review of UK food policy.

The three aims of the taskforce are to press the Government to fund the expanding of free school meals to every child from a household on Universal Credit or equivalent, expanding holiday food and activities to support all children on free school meals and increasing the value of the Healthy Start vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25 per week and expanding it to all those on Universal Credit or equivalent.

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Rashford said he was "confident" the group could help change lives "for the better" and he told the BBC: "We had to think about the best way to do it, to think about how these families can eat long term and not have any issues.

"We wanted to do it the best way we could, introduce the best people into our group, and see if using them (we) can push it even more."

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