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Marcus Rashford forces PM into U-turn on funding free meals for kids

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will provide a summer food fund for struggling families in England, bowing to pressure from Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford and his campaign to prevent children from going hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

British ministers originally said food vouchers given out by schools would not be available over the long summer holiday, prompting the 22-year-old England striker to take up the cause and reveal how he had relied on such support as a boy.

Before a debate in parliament, Johnson's spokesman said the government would be providing a Covid summer food fund costing around £120 million (S$210m). - REUTERS

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