About Marcus Rashford
Born 31st October 1997 (age 23 years) Manchester, England
As well as being a successful footballer playing for Manchester United and England, Marcus Rashford is a campaigner against racism, homelessness, and child hunger in the United Kingdom. Rashford has been praised for using his platform to be a political activist and philanthropist to drive societal change.
Marcus Rashford experienced poverty himself and knows what it is like to go to bed hungry.
In 2020 Marcus Rashford championed a campaign to end child food poverty and extend the free school meal voucher scheme. MPs had originally voted against providing free school meals during the summer holidays, affecting around 1.3 million vulnerable children, but thanks to the campaign lead by Marcus, the government eventually made a U-turn on their controversial and widely condemned decision.
Having been made an MBE for his services, he hasn’t stopped there and continues to hold the government to account over their provision of food for vulnerable children and families.
In December 2020, the football player pushed the government to launch an investigation into the food parcels organised by school meals supplier, Chartwells, which he described as “scandalously inadequate” After the backlash, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson re-instated the Free School Meals voucher scheme, meaning that parents could shop for their children's lunches themselves.
Marcus Rashford followed up the school meals campaign, by teaming up with Macmillan Children's Books to promote reading and literacy. He said that books were "never a thing we could budget for as a family", and that "I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality." He said reading shouldn't be for "just those that can afford it".