Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The British government recently announced that it will end the practice of free meals in schools during the 6-week holiday. However, following calls from Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, the government backed down and announced that a free meal voucher would be given to 1 million 300 thousand students who were financially underpaid over the summer break.
Marcus Rashford, 22, who spent his childhood in poverty, recently wrote an article for The Times and addressed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and MPs. Rashford said he knew very well what it meant to be poor and hungry during childhood, and noted in his article the importance of free school meals, especially for underprivileged students.
Taking into account Rashford's calls and backing down from his decision, the government decided to continue the free meal voucher application for 6 weeks over the summer holidays.