Blocked. Port Vale made their point on social media today – having their say about Katie Hopkins’ criticism of Marcus Rashford.
The 22 year old Manchester United footballer this week successfully campaigned for the government to fund meals for disadvantaged children during the school holidays.
His intervention, drawing on his own experiences as a child, has been widely praised.
But former Sun columnist Hopkins tweeted: ‘Dear @MarcusRashford, do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it? ‘I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to.’
That attitude received short shrift from the Vale today as they took to social media to have their say through the club’s official twitter account.
Government support for free meals for disadvantaged children was due to end before the six-week school holidays, but ministers performed a U-turn this week following a high-profile campaign against holiday hunger, led by England forward Rashford.
He wrote a powerful letter to all MPs, urging them to back an extension of the free food voucher scheme introduced during the coronavirus lockdown.
It has meant families who would normally qualify for free school meals on low-income grounds can get weekly vouchers worth £15 per child. These can then be exchanged for food at most of the major supermarket chains.
Marcus, who received free school meals during his own childhood, welcomed the move. He said: “Just look at what we can do when we come together. THIS is England in 2020.”
His campaign came on the back of years of lobbying by school leaders, charities and other groups to address the worrying lack of support for vulnerable families out of term-time.
The issue is close to the heart of Vale owner Carol Shanahan who founded the Hubb Foundation, the charity which has focused on supporting children who would go hungry during the school holidays.
The Hubb Foundation has formed part of the community hub at Vale Park, formed by the owners to support people during the coronavirus crisis.
The latest update from trustees of the Hubb Foundation and the Port Vale Foundation Trust showed that, over the last 11 weeks, they have provided 70,740 individual meals, for 19,839 people, of whom 11,789 were children.