Marcus Rashford has called on the people of the UK to write to their MP about the recommendations to end the “child hunger pandemic”. The Manchester United forward has revealed that child poverty is increasing rather than improving. Rashford is supporting three recommendations to guarantee that all children get some food every single day.

The first would be to increase the range of the eligibility of the free school meals to the 7-18 age group of all families earning £20,000 or less. The second is to provide long-term funding for the Holiday Activities and Food Programme. The third is to increase the eligibility of the Healthy Start initiative to households that have pregnant women or children under the age of five that earned £20,000 or less.

“Whilst we’ve come a long way in the last 20 months, placing the issue of child food poverty at the forefront, devastatingly, the issue is getting worse, not better.” Marcus Rashford said. “The entire nation got behind the national team this summer so let’s put these figures in football terms: You can fill 27 Wembley stadiums with the 2.5 million children that are struggling to know where their next meal might be coming from today.”

“What is it going to take for these children to be prioritised? Instead of removing support through social security, we should be focusing efforts on developing a sustainable long-term road map out of this child hunger pandemic,” he added. “I am today, pledging my support for three recommendations from Part 2 of the National Food Strategy. I hope that we see the required investment pledged during the Autumn Spending Review. I will be writing to my MP about it, and I would encourage you all to do the same. It will take many of us to stand together on this, and show we care about reaching those most in need in our communities.”

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