Liverpool step in to help starving children as government reject Rashford plea

Liverpool are stepping in to feed hungry kids after the Conservative Party voted down plans to provide free school meals to the poorest families over the half-term holiday.

The Tories voted down a Labour motion yesterday which backed Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford's plea to extend free school meals across the upcoming break – with millions of families suffering more hardship because of the pandemic.

There was widespread anger as the motion was voted down, with a number of Conservative MPs specifically criticised for hard line speeches attempting to blame parents for children going hungry.

Now Liverpool have stepped in to help some of the children in the city who the government are refusing to feed.

The club's Red Neighbours community programme will be delivering 1,000 free meals to families in and around Anfield.

The team will now also be providing half-term ‘Breakfast Club To You’ packs to all 25 schools in Anfield and Kirkby.

160 packs will be going out, with each one feeding a family of four – so a total of 640 people.

They have added a seasonal twist to the packs as well, with the addition of a Pumpkin Soup recipe from Anfield chefs and the ingredients for a family to make it together.

The ECHO also understands that Liverpool FC's Foundation will be making a substantial donation of more than £200,000 to the North Liverpool Foodbank ahead of what is expected to be an extremely difficult winter for people in the city.

Find updated coronavirus information where you live The North Liverpool Foodbanks has been assisted over the past few years by the Fans Supporting Foodbanks project, which collects donations from Liverpool and Everton fans before matches.

Both clubs wore symbols paying tribute to the work of Fans Supporting Foodbanks during last weekend's Merseyside derby.

It comes as Rashford’s work has also earned praise from PSG forward Kylian Mbappe.

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