Man United’s Marcus Rashford awarded MBE for work on children’s school meals

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Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his work to help children receive school meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

MBE stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire and is an honor Great Britain gives to its citizens for making a positive impact in their work. Other notable footballers who have received MBEs include Alex Scott, Harry Kane, Steven Gerrard, Ian Wright and Fara Williams.

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In June, Rashford won a U.K. government U-turn to allow more than one million schoolchildren to receive meal vouchers throughout the summer holidays.

The 22-year-old, who relied on lunch vouchers during his school days in Manchester, has been praised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his “contribution to the poverty debate”.

Rashford, who has also raised £ 20million for charities fighting food poverty, wrote an open letter to MPs to urge them to rethink after the government said it would stop school meal vouchers at the end of the school year.

Speaking to the BBC about the honor, Rashford said: “It’s a good time for me personally, but I feel like I am still at the start of the journey I have set out to try to accomplish.

“I think what I’d like to do now that I’m in this position is just talk directly to the prime minister and really ask that the vouchers be extended until at least mid-October because I think it is. is what families need.

“Talking to them and knowing how much they have been helped and how it will affect them if they don’t have it, that has to be my main focus now – getting this message across. “

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