British Prime Minister Johnson Responds to the Call of Top Player Rashford
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has responded to Marcus Rashford’s appeal. The top footballer from Manchester United had, via an open letter, called on politicians to extend the initiative to make food coupons available to the children of needy families.
“The Prime Minister understands that as a result of the coronavirus, children and parents are facing an unknown situation this summer.
To accommodate them, we will provide a summer food fund,” said a Johnson spokesman.
About 1.3 million children in England usually are given free food at school because their parents cannot afford it themselves.
When the schools had to stay closed because of the lockdown, they received a weekly voucher worth 15 pounds (over 16.50 euros). That allowance would soon disappear.
“This is England in 2020, and it’s an issue that needs urgent help.
The whole country is watching you, please make a ‘U-turn’ and make a top priority in protecting the lives of the most vulnerable,” Rashford wrote in his letter.
Shortly after it became known that Johnson supports the Rashord idea, the attacker tweeted, “I don’t know what to say. But see what we can all achieve when we get together.”