All the retailers that have signed up to Marcus Rashford’s food poverty taskforce

Manchester United football star Marcus Rashford recently became a national hero after successfully campaigning for free school meal vouchers to be provided to pupils over summer. Since then, he has formed the Child Food Poverty Task Force - and here's a breakdown of the retailers involved.

Marcus Rashford has teamed up with even more grocers and suppliers to form the Child Food Poverty Task Force. Here is a definitive list of all the retailers who are contributing.ce
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In June, Marcus Rashford grabbed headlines and became a national hero after he successfully lobbied the government to provide free school meal vouchers to pupils over the summer holidays.

Since then, the Manchester United and England striker has teamed up with grocers and food suppliers to form the Child Food Poverty Task Force.

The retailers involved, alongside FareShare and The Food Foundation, have also written to MPs calling on them to implement proposals from the National Food Strategy.

Here is a definitive list of all the retailers contributing.

  1. Aldi 

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2. Asda

The grocer took to Twitter to say:

“Asda is proud to be supporting Marcus Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Task Force. Since 2013 we’ve been working with our partner FareShare to provide millions of meals to those in need and help tackle food poverty in the UK.”

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3. Co-op

Co-op Food chief executive Jo Whitfield said: “It’s heart-breaking to think of children in the UK going hungry and we are determined to do everything we can to support those who are most vulnerable in the communities we serve.

“We’ve worked with Marcus before and seen the amazing dedication he gives to the serious issue of food insecurity, which, as a local community retailer, Co-op also has an important role in supporting.”

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4. Lidl

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5. Iceland

Iceland managing director Richard Walker said: “We are proud to stand alongside Marcus Rashford as he continues this vital campaign, and we understand the pressing need to help from our interactions with millions of customers each week.

“We were keen to implement initiatives as soon as possible, without waiting for the government to respond, which is why we have introduced our frozen vegetable offer.

“We will continue to review our commitment to ensure we are able to support Marcus’s campaign to the fullest possible extent.”

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6. Waitrose

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7. Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s took the Twitter to say: “We are proud to stand with Marcus Rashford as part of the Child Food Poverty Task Force #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY.”

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8. Tesco

“No child should ever go hungry,” Tesco UK and Republic of Ireland boss Jason Tarry said.

“Many families across the country are going through a very challenging time and are struggling to get the food they need, which is why Tesco stands with Marcus Rashford and this taskforce and supports its objectives to ensure that every child is fed all year round.”

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  1. I think Tesco Booker is leaving it up to their franchisees (Budgens, Londis, OneStop) to choose whether to participate. One specific example is CT Baker Budgens; one of the Baker family board members is MP Duncan Baker (Con), given he voted against extending free school meals I suspect that their Budgens franchise is not engaging.

    For balance: Duncan Baker has posted a 1000 word explanation of why he voted against online; he is correct in identifying that there needs to be a better solution; however a better solution would not be available soon enough to address the current issue. He has presented the issue as something that needs an “either or” solution rather than an “and also” solution. An excellent demonstration of the appropriate phrase “fine words butters no parsnips”.


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