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United ace Rashford forms taskforce to tackle child food poverty

Marcus Rashford has formed a taskforce with some of the UK's top food brands to combat child food poverty.

The Manchester United ace - who successfully campaigned for an extension on free school meals this summer - has now written to MPs to outline the help he feels is still needed for many families.

These measures include expands the numbers of those eligible for free school meals in England, and to offer them free food and activities during school holidays.

The 22-year-old striker has brought together a number of charities and supermarkets - including the likes of Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Deliveroo, FareShare, Food Foundation, Iceland, Kellogg's, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose - which have backed proposals from the National Food Strategy, which is an independent review of food policy in the UK.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he insisted the campaign for free school meals over summer was not a permanent fix.

Rashford added: "We had to think about the best way to do it, to think about how these families can eat long term and not have any issues...

"We wanted to do it the best way we could, introduce the best people into our group, and see if using them [we] can push it even more."

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