Kevin Hollinrake, who is MP for Thirsk and Maltone, tweeted about the success of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
One user named Bryan Barrett replied upon Hollinrake’s tweet and asked why it took a footballer to stand up for hungry children, saying: “Undoubtedly a success Kevin and I’m sure warmly welcomed by the hospitality industry. Credit where it’s due. Whilst we’re discussing food, why does it take footballer @MarcusRashford to make a stand for the hungry children in our society? Is that not the Government’s job?”
Hollinrake replied: “Where they can, it’s a parent’s job to feed their children.”
Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford then replied, which has accumulated more than 190,000 likes, said: “I would urge you to talk to families before tweeting. To this day I haven’t met one parent who hasn’t wanted or felt the responsibility to feed their children.”
Marcus Rashford continued with a new tweet saying: “Put to the side that this comment came from an MP. It’s comments like this that prevent people from speaking their truth and asking for help. We need to start uplifting each other. I would have had the same response to anyone tweeting this…”
Marcus Rashford advocates ending child food poverty, and in doing so, he successfully campaigned during the summer to extend free school meals and recently teamed up with some of the biggest food brands to create a taskforce to strengthen its reach in support for every child in need.
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Among those who also replied was the chief executive of First Days Children’s Charity, Emma Cantrell.
She said that MP Hollinrake’s comment was typical of the “type of ignorance that we encounter every day” and added: “We have also not come across a single parent who isn’t desperate to provide everything their children need. – no one, NO ONE, is proud of having charity support. But it is so needed, so sadly.”
The 22-year-old is under preparation for Manchester United’s Premier League campaign, which begins on September 19 to face Crystal Palace, yet he was forced to withdraw with an ankle injury from England’s two Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark, as the injury was picked up from Man United’s Europa League run.