Marcus Rashford helps Man Utd beat Everton then tempts Boris Johnson into U-turn

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson just hours after his team beat Everton.

And it seems the conversation worked wonders with Johnson unveiling a £170m package to feed hungry children.

Rashford has been persistent in his aim to end child food poverty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson had been against offering free school meals during holidays, which was a key demand from Rashford.

Following the 3-1 win over Everton, Rashford tweeted: “Just had a great conversation with the Prime Minister, now is the time for collaboration.”

And Johnson has caved in, agreeing to extend free school meals and holiday activities to cover next Easter, summer and Christmas.

The United striker followed his message up early Sunday morning as he wrote: “Following the game yesterday, I had a good conversation with the Prime Minister to better understand the proposed plan, and I very much welcome the steps that have been taken to combat child food poverty in the UK.

“There is still so much more to do, and my immediate concern is the approximate 1.7 million children who miss out on free school meals, holiday provision and Healthy Start vouchers because their family income isn’t quite low enough, but the intent the Government have shown today is nothing but positive and they should be recognised for that.

“The steps made today will improve the lives of near 1.7 million children in the UK over the next 12 months, and that can only be celebrated.”

Rashford was recently honoured with a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award with the England striker praised for his work to end child food poverty in the UK.

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The footballer said: “Ultimately no kids should miss meals. For me that should be just standard no matter where you come from. If we get that as the new normal then we have made a lot of strides forward.

“I attended Pride of Britain last year so I was able to see firsthand just how deserving the recipients of the awards are.

“I am extremely humbled but I’d like to think that I am receiving this award on behalf of all of the incredible people who have selflessly stepped up to support their communities during this pandemic.

"I have met many of them and I am no more deserving than them.

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“Parents who have sacrificed everything to feed their children during this challenging time, people who are volunteering at the FareShare food banks day in and day out, people who are fighting to protect our most vulnerable children every minute of the day.

"It is those people who really make me proud to be British and really define us as a United Kingdom.

"So today, I accept this award on behalf of all of those who step up without the need for thanks and accolades. I appreciate every single one of you.”

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