Community rallies in support of Rashford scheme - The Evesham Observer

Community rallies in support of Rashford scheme

Evesham Editorial 25th Oct, 2020   0

COMMUNITY-minded businesses across Evesham have vowed to ensure no child in the town will go hungry over half-term.

The New Hampton Farm Shop and Café became the latest local business to offer their support after the furore over the Government’s rejection of a call from Labour for free school meals to be provided during half-term and until Easter next year,

Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston and Pershore MP Harriett Baldwin were among the 321 Conservative MPs to vote down the motion which led to a furious response from campaigners.

Writing on Facebook, owner Chris Groves said: “I’m devastated that in this country there are still plenty of children who don’t have good food in their bellies.

“Sadly I can’t solve that- but at the shop if we can help in a small way we will.

“If you really are struggling to feed your children over the holidays – message this page. It will remain forever confidential. We will definitely be able to sort out some nice vegetables and fruit for you.

Please don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. This is a genuine offer for anyone who’s struggling especially those in Hampton,” he added.

The Pershore Road business owner praised the efforts of Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford for his tireless efforts to raise awareness of the issue.

“Keep up the good work Marcus Rashford. A celebrity who is using his platform to try and make a real difference,” he said.

Helen Russell, who contested the Mid Worcestershire seat for Labour at the last election, said:, “When millions have been given to private companies for ineffective track and trace projects and 500 million spent on the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme, it is ludicrous to suggest the money cannot be found to support our most disadvantaged children.

“Claims such help would ‘breed dependency’ are deeply offensive to those struggling in this pandemic.

“We urge Worcestershire County Council to follow the lead of other authorities and offer this support to local families, despite the Government decision.”


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