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Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Marcus Rashford's Food Drive with a £ 2 million pledge


Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the efforts of Marcus Rashford when he teamed up with the Manchester United striker to tackle child nutrition poverty.

Rashford was awarded an MBE for its most recent campaign. The government also made two U-turns in the provision of free school meals during the holidays.

Now the 23-year-old has said former United boss Ferguson will pledge up to £ 2 million for the FareShare charity, for which Rashford is ambassador.

Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Marcus Rashford's campaign to highlight the UK child food poverty disease, which has forced the Boris Johnson administration to make two U-turns on the matter

An appeal in The Times seeks fundraising and Rashford announced that Ferguson, along with Sir Michael Moritz, will raise funds up to the above amount, describing the news as "incredible".

Born in Glasgow, 78-year-old Ferguson believes Rashford did a great job raising the plight of families across the UK.

"You have to be shocked by the number of people who need food," he said in an interview with the Times.

& # 39; Marcus opened everyone's eyes in the UK. The work he did was fantastic and that's why we're all so proud of him.

"What Marcus did is show the way – people will say," This boy is only 23 years old. "People who are in their later age … should say," I can do something ". & # 39;

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, pictured, to tell him that the government has given local councils an additional £ 170 million in funding for meals for children in need over Christmas

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, pictured, to tell him that the government has given local councils an additional £ 170 million in funding for meals for children in need over Christmas

Rashford never played under Ferguson and made his United debut as an 18-year-old three years after the longtime boss retired.

But he's now left his mark on Ferguson – a winner of 13 Premier League titles during his 25-year tenure – off the field.

"He should give me some advice because what he does at 23 is fantastic for a young person," added Ferguson.

“I don't have to tell Marcus because I think his way of life is humble. His feet are on the ground.

“These are great qualities that will carry you through life. Football hasn't changed him. In football there is a danger that it can change people, money can change people, celebrity can change people.

“Getting a prominent position in life can sometimes be a problem because not everyone can carry success well. And right now, Marcus is doing it very, very well. & # 39;

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Rashford earlier this month to alert him of the decision to allocate an additional £ 170 million to the measure.

Rashford said he was "so proud" of those who had teamed up behind his campaign and that he was "overwhelmed by the outpouring of empathy and understanding" and promised his followers to "fight for the rest of my life" to end hunger for children in the EU UNITED KINGDOM.

In a statement, he added: “I had a good chat with the Prime Minister after today's game to better understand the proposed plan and I welcome the steps taken to tackle child poverty in the UK.

“There is still so much to be done and my immediate concern is the 1.7 million or so children who are missing out on free school meals, vacation offers, and coupons to get off to a good start because their family incomes are not low enough, but the government's intention is today shown is nothing but positive and they should be recognized for it.

"The steps taken today will improve the lives of nearly 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months and that can only be celebrated."

The funds will be used for the Covid Winter Grant program to support families during the season, while the vacation activities and food program will be extended to the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays in 2021, the Department of Labor and Pensions (DWP ) With.

Sir Alex praised Rashford as pictured and has pledged up to £ 2 million for the campaign

Sir Alex praised Rashford as pictured and has pledged up to £ 2 million for the campaign

As part of the package, payments for a healthy start, helping expectant mothers and children with low-income young children and receiving benefits for buying fresh fruit and vegetables, from £ 3.10 to £ 4.25 from April 2021 GBP per week rise.

“Seeing the role everyone has played in helping our most vulnerable children has been the greatest moment of my life. I was overwhelmed with empathy and understanding, ”added Rashford.

“I am fully committed to this cause and will fight for the rest of my life because, in my view, no child in the UK should ever go hungry. I don't want a child to go through what I went through and a parent to know what my mother went through.

"I now urge the government to work with the Child Food Poverty Task Force, which the Prime Minister and I spoke about by phone last night, to make sure no child is doing this."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured has been forced to reverse government policy twice and allocate additional funds to alleviate food poverty in response to Rashford's campaign

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured has been forced to reverse government policy twice and allocate additional funds to address food poverty in response to Rashford's campaign

Rashford said thank you and tweeted, “Thank you to the activists, charities, volunteers, teachers, caregivers and key workers who have fought for this advancement for years. This is your victory. Never underestimate the role you all played. I am honored to be with you on this journey. & # 39;

In the announcement, the Minister of Labor and Pensions Therese Coffey said: "We want to ensure that vulnerable people feel that they are in good hands during this difficult time and, above all, that nobody should go hungry or not be able to pay their bills this winter."

The U-turn comes after the government last month flogged Conservative MPs to vote against a Labor motion in the House of Commons calling for the expansion of free school meals following Rashford's campaign.

Businesses and councils across the country stepped in after the outcome, announcing that they would fund meals for those who needed them during the October halftime.

Rashford's petition for students in disadvantaged families to have their meals paid for during the holidays drew more than a million signatures – mass support that put pressure on Downing Street to pledge more support.

DWP confirmed that £ 170m worth of winter grants are administered by councils in England rather than schools.

Funding will be earmarked, with at least 80 percent earmarked for food and bills assistance, and will cover the period through March.

The local authorities will receive the funds in early December.

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