Manchester United will provide 5,000 meals to six schools during the October half-term holiday, the club has confirmed.
The programme, which is in partnership between FareShare, Manchester United, and Manchester United Foundation, will see the meals prepared at Old Trafford, and delivered to the mentioned schools.
The latest move by United supports forwards Marcus Rashford's efforts to tackle child poverty, including presenting a motion to extend the free school meals provision into half-terms and the Christmas holidays for some of the children.
Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer, Manchester United said:
“With our teams back playing, the attention for many has returned to what is happening on the pitch. But our work to help support those in need has not stopped and it will not stop as we face into the winter and the restrictions continue to impact our local communities.
“Many of Manchester’s children are going hungry and they are particularly vulnerable during school holidays when they cannot benefit from the meal voucher programme.
"In parallel with the brilliant work being done individually by Marcus Rashford, we’re proud that the club continues to step in alongside FareShare, the Foundation, and their partner schools to help fill this void.”
John Shiels, the Chief Executive, Manchester United Foundation added:
"We're incredibly proud and humbled to be working with FareShare over October half-term.
"This initiative will go a long way to ensuring that pupils from our partner schools and families using local food-banks have fresh meals to eat, during what we know is a difficult time for many.