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The cafés, restaurants and shops offering free meals to kids over half term

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Marcus Rashford would usually be spending his Friday concentrating on a crunch match for Manchester United at the weekend.

But as well as preparing for tomorrow’s clash with Chelsea, the Wythenshawe born star has been taking the world by storm in a different way.

His campaign to provide hungry children, who would otherwise go without during the half term break, has captured the hearts of a nation.

After MPs voted against his campaign in the House of Commons, Rashford took matters into his own hands.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants across the country pledged to ‘stand with Rashford, not the 322’, referencing the 322 MPs who voted against a Labour motion calling on the support for the poorest children to be provided until next Easter.

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And he knows first hand what children are going through.

The 22-year-old, who also took time out to visit a foodbank at New Smithfield Market, has told how his mother relied on free meals and did 14-hour shifts to feed him and his four siblings when he was growing up.

Rashford has spent the day publicising the efforts of such businesses on social media.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, announced he was supporting Rashford’s campaign by working with the Co-op to provide 1,000 food vouchers over the half term.

Vouchers can be exchanged for a meal deal in Co-op stores.

Some of our region’s councils have also pledged their support.

Manchester council said free lunches will be provided to all children who qualify, with eligible families receiving a payment of £15 per child for the week.



Marcus Rashford

Salford council is giving £10 a week in vouchers to children who usually get free school meals.

About 10,500 children in Wigan who are entitled to free school meals will receive vouchers worth £15 a week, in an initiative funded by the council.

Rochdale council has also pledged its support, providing £15 Aldi vouchers.

In neighbouring Oldham the council said it wants to make sure ‘no child in Oldham goes hungry’.

In Stockport meals are being provided over half term working with Life Leisure.

Among the businesses who have offered help are Nutters restaurant and The Empire in Rochdale, having pledged to provide 500 free lunches a day during half term week.

The Courtyard in Wigan will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, offering breakfast, dinner or tea for children who would otherwise have a free school meal.

Baker’s tea room in Egerton, Bolton, is offering grab bags for lunch.

While Minikin cafe in Sale said it will provide free lunchs including a baked potato with beans, fruit, snack and a drink.

Here are some of the businesses across Greater Manchester who are pledging to help:

Bury

  • Coffee Sack, Prestwich

Bolton

  • Baker’s tea room, Egerton
  • The Kitchen, Westhoughton

Manchester

  • Khandoker, Didsbury
  • Thyme Out Food, Didsbury
  • Powerbowlz Manchester

Rochdale

  • Nutters restauraunt
  • The Empire

Salford

  • Seven Brothers
  • Three Peaks Pizza restaurant
  • Impact Catering, Eccles
  • Mr Chips, Swinton

Stockport

  • Ate Days A Week

Trafford

  • Minikin art cafe, Sale
  • Astoria Bar and Restaurant, Urmston

Wigan

  • 4 Ways Cafe and Sandwich Bar, Leigh
  • Union Arms, Tyldesley
  • The Courtyard

Here are the Greater Manchester MPs who voted against the measure in the House of Commons earlier this week:

Graham Brady, Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West

Chris Clarkson, Conservative MP for Heywood and Middleton

James Daly, Conservative MP for Bury North

Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West

James Grundy, Conservative MP for Leigh

Mark Logan, Conservative MP for Bolton North East

Mary Robinson, Conservative MP for Cheadle

Greater Manchester MPs who voted to support the measure:

Angela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne

Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton

Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East

Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton and Reddish

Yvonne Fovargue, Labour MP for Makerfield

Lucy Powell, Labour MP for Manchester Central

Afzal Khan, Labour MP for Manchester, Gorton

Jeff Smith, Labour MP for Manchester Withington

Debbie Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth

Jim McMahon, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton

Tony Lloyd, Labour MP for Rochdale

Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour MP for Salford and Eccles

Jonathan Reynolds, Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde

Navendu Mishra, Labour MP for Stockport

Kate Green, Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan

Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South

Mike Kane, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East

Any other businesses who are pledging to help and would like to be included in our list, can email newsdesk@men-news.co.uk or contact us on our Facebook page.

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