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Marcus Rashford given City of Manchester award over free meals campaign

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Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford will receive the City of Manchester Award to thank him for his campaign to get free meals for children during the school holidays.

The award recognises “outstanding and exceptional contribution to the city”.

Rashford’s petition to end child food poverty has more than 990,000 signatures.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Tommy Judge said it was “remarkable” to see him “give a voice to the powerless”.

The 22-year-old has already been awarded an MBE for his work to tackle child poverty.

The UK government extended free school meals to eligible children during the Easter holidays earlier this year and, after a high-profile campaign by Rashford, did the same for the summer holiday.

But it has refused to do so again, saying it had already given money to councils in England to support families.

It led to businesses across the country, including fish and chip shops, pubs, restaurants, and cafes, offering free food to eligible children over half-term.

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