The BBC will give a special award to Marcus Rashford for his efforts to end food poverty among children after missing the shortlist for Sports Personality of the Year
- Marcus Rashford receives a special award for his free school lunch campaign
- The 23-year-old forward forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reverse his free meals policy
- Halfway through last month, many restaurants were offering kids free food
Campaign footballer Marcus Rashford will receive a special award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony to recognize his off-field success and win free meals for underprivileged school children
England International, 23, forced Boris Johnson to make an embarrassing U-turn in his decision to prevent children from getting free school meals during the Christmas holidays.
Rashford, who has already earned an MBE for his charity work, is committed to working so no child goes hungry.
Marcus Rashford pictured is set to receive a special award next month for work highlighting the issue of child poverty and forcing the government to guarantee free school meals over the Christmas period
Rashford pictured has been commended for his attitude towards the government in tackling child poverty
His campaign put pressure on the government, which insisted that the universal credit system could tackle child food poverty.
The striker will also be the subject of a BBC documentary in which the player tries to "understand the impact of food poverty and how Covid-19 contributed to this problem".
Rashford will also be honored with a special award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on December 20 after the jury unanimously agreed that his work off the field should be recognized.
Clare Sillery, BBC director of documentaries, said: “Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the field, but this documentary will offer a deeper look into the man himself.
"We hope that through our access viewers can see how passionate and determined he is in tackling child nutrition poverty in the UK today."
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “Marcus’s desire to give voice to those in a situation he is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to make sure he did is recognized for it.
Boris Johnson pictured has been forced into an e-turn due to pressure from Rashford's campaign to offer free school meals to children over Christmas
“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but especially for vulnerable families, he has done everything possible to excel in his sport and make a real difference. This award pays homage to a remarkable young man. & # 39;
The project, a joint effort by BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast, will air on BBC One on December 21st.