McDonald’s has offered one million free meals for families after Marcus Rashford called for the most vulnerable youngsters to be fed over half-term and the UK government voted not to help.
The fast-food giant has joined the Manchester United and England striker’s campaign and will provide funding to FareShare so food can be ‘urgently redistributed’ to households ‘in greatest need’.
We are proud to announce a partnership with @FareShareUK to provide 1 million meals for families in need. Our funding will enable the urgent redistribution of meals across the next couple of weeks to those in greatest need.
— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) October 23, 2020
However, pubs and cafes up and down the country have stepped in to plug the gap by encouraging families to get in touch and offering food during the October half-term.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s for UK & Ireland, said of the deal with FareShare, ‘As a business, we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate. ‘In these challenging times, we know it’s more important than ever to support those most in need.’
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, added, ‘McDonald’s is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time.
Rashford, 22, has been described as a ‘hero of our times’ after his campaign to provide free meals to children during the school holidays prompted an outpouring of support on social media.
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