WEST HAM co-owner David Sullivan has donated £25,000 towards Marcus Rashford’s push for free school meals.
Manchester United star Rashford, 22, is leading the fight to tackle child food poverty after the Government refused to extend meals across half-term.
And Sullivan’s donation will go towards Rashford’s campaign through charity Fareshare UK and Child Poverty Taskforce.
Sullivan said:“Marcus Rashford has done such a fantastic job of raising awareness and leading the way in tackling this very important issue, which impacts so many youngsters in our local communities up and down the country.
“It is a privilege to be able to help. On a national level, the impact of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce will be huge.
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“While closer to home, I’m really proud that the club has been supporting free school meals during school holidays for years now and we have seen what a continued difference it is making in our local community.”
Millwall are providing 100 hot meals per day for children this month.
Leeds and Manchester United will provide 5,000 meals for vulnerable children.
This week the Red Devils and its foundation will team up with food charity FareShare to cook and package 5,000 meals in the Old Trafford kitchens.
Schools will then send on the meals to kids usually on the free meals scheme.
Reflecting on the MBE he was awarded earlier this month for his efforts, Rashford said: “It’s a nice moment for me personally but I feel like I’m still at the beginning of the journey that I set out to try to achieve.
“I think what I would like to do now that I’m in this position is just speak directly to the prime minister and really ask for the vouchers to be extended until at least October half-term because I think that’s what the families need.
“Speaking to them and knowing how much they’ve been helped, and how much it’s going to affect them if they don’t have it, that’s got to be my main focus now – to get that message across.”