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Marcus Rashford’s says ‘superstars of this nation lie in local communities’ after school meal campaign inundated with offers

Marcus Rashford has spoken of his pride after his free meals campaign was inundated with offers from restaurants and cafes to to feed vulnerable children over half term.

Local councils have also said they will set up schemes to feed thousands of disadvantaged children next week after MPs rejected a bid from Labour, inspired by Rashford, to extend free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021.

In a statement to BBC Newsnight, Rashford said: “Growing up we didn’t have a lot, but we always had the safety net of the community.

“That community was my family.

“When we stumbled, we were caught with open arms.

“Even at their lowest point, having felt the devastating effects of the pandemic, local businesses have wrapped arms around their communities today, catching vulnerable children as they fell.

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