Marcus Rashford and his Mum help out at a Manchester food bank warehouse

"It’s time we put party politics aside and worked together to find a long-term sustainable solution to child food poverty in the UK."
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If only more footballers were like Marcus Rashford.

Not only did he score the winning goal against PSG on Tuesday night, but a few days later the Manchester United star visited FareShare food bank together with his mum, as part of his ongoing campaign to stop child food poverty in the UK.

Marcus and his mum visited FareShare Greater Manchester’s new food depot at New Smithfield Market in Shudehill, which will be named Melanie Maynard House after Rashford’s mum.

He tweeted the news out, announcing the new depot to support the growing need for FareShare in Greater Manchester will be called Melanie Maynard House.

The 22-year-old called for people to unite to make sure no child goes hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic causing many low paid workers to lose their jobs.

Wythenshawe-born Marcus wrote to MPs speaking about a food voucher scheme he used as a child.

He said: “I remember the sound of my mum crying herself to sleep to this day, having worked a 14-hour shift, unsure how she was going to make ends meet.”

He said: “The real superstars in this country can be found in the heart of most cities, towns and villages, working tirelessly to support our most vulnerable across the UK.

“As FareShare and other food-related charities approach one of the toughest winters on record, with demand higher than ever before, it is important that I stay connected and lend my support wherever it is needed.

“When we stumble, there will always be a community to wrap their arms around us and pick us back up. For many of us, that is FareShare or the local food bank.

“Food banks who are staffed with selfless volunteers, dedicating their lives to protecting those most vulnerable, those who, in many cases, have fallen into unforeseen circumstances due to illness, personal loss and unemployment.

“It should be noted that a lot of these volunteers have themselves suffered unemployment as a result of the pandemic, yet they still strive to help others less fortunate.

“That to me is the greatest example of what we can do, and the difference we can make, when we just work together.”

Rashford has been sharing tweets to his 3.5 million followers from independent businesses offering food for children.

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