Rashford had won widespread support for his open letter to MPs, which made an impassioned plea to extend the food voucher scheme. He recalled his own hardship growing up in Wythenshawe and the sacrifices made by his mother to put food on the table.
Although the school meals scheme had already been extended to cover the Easter holidays, government ministers had repeatedly declared they would not be extending the scheme to cover the summer break.
But Rashford said he was not giving up his campaign and attracted cross party backing including a number of Tory MPs.
And hours before Labour was due to present a motion in parliament calling for the government to bow to public pressure, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson announced the scheme would be given extra funding to cover the summer holidays.
The spokesperson said: “Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the prime minister fully understands that children and parents face and entirely unprecedented situation over the summer.
“To reflect this we will be providing food vouchers over the six week summer holiday period. This is a specific measure to reflect the unique circumstances of the pandemic. The scheme will not continue beyond the summer.”
Rashford’s victory has been praised by sports groups and food poverty campaigners across Wythenshawe.
The Wythenshawe community is pulling together in the face of Covid 19.
This week Wythenshawe Foodbank thanked local businesses and the community for their support as well as Wythenshawe Community Housing Group who donated a vehicle for the distribution of food to those in need.
A spokesman said: “We are receiving a lot of demand for our service. We are seeing an incredible rallying around of the community and if you want to get in touch with Wythenshawe Food bank you can get in touch through our social media.”
Express Solicitors dontated £1000 to the foodbank.
The United Estates of Wythenshawe gym closed last night following government advice but earlier last week was helping deliver food to those in need and provided a space for people to chat.
In the 23 years since we opened we have NEVER missed a Saturday. Today we will not be open. We closed our doors at 8pm last night in accordance with the Govt. To all our customers, WE WILL BE BACK (say it in an Arnie voice). Take care everyone and we will see you all soon #uew
A Facebook group – Wythenshawe COVID 19 Community Support – has been established with nearly 4000 followers and is coordinating support for the most vulnerable in the town.
And Tesco in Baguley will will be opening its doors early on Sunday morning exclusively for health workers from Wythenshawe Hospital as a thank you for their hard work during the crisis.
To NHS Staff from Tesco From this Sunday as a thank you for all your hard work and in understanding the difficult hours you work.We will be allowing you into our large stores an hour before we open to shop. All we ask is that you bring some ID with you to show you work in the NHS pic.twitter.com/ULLETuSdd4
Community Centres in Wythenshawe will be changing the way it provides its services from Monday March 23. Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre and Benchill Community Centre will be closed except for the distribution of lunch-packs for the vulnerable at the venues between 12.00 and 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.
And Wythenshawe Good Neighbours Project is also involved in co-ordinating services in the community.
It’s weekend and you may be organising how you are going to continue to care for your older relative? Wythenshawe have amazing community groups geared up to connect people to the things they need. Wythenshawe Good Neighbours is one of them. Give them a call. pic.twitter.com/9S3CGHtGDN
And there is everything to play for as well as local pride. Wythenshawe Town are currently in third place in the league, with Wythenshawe Amateurs just one point behind in fifth.
This season marks the 25-year anniversary of Kick It Out.
On its website, Wythenshawe Town said: “Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, Kick It Out has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the PremierLeague, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights ALL forms of discrimination in the game we love.
“In the 2018/19 season and beyond, we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.“
You can report discrimination to Kick It Out via their app, via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, via their online reporting form on their website, or via freephone on 0800 169 9414.