Government extends free school meal voucher for the summer holidays following Marcus Rashford's campaign

Children who are given free meals during term time at school will now be provided with meals during the summer holidays, Downing Street has confirmed.

The government had previously rejected the plea by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford to continue to provide vulnerable children with meals during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, it has now been confirmed that a summer food fund will now be set up.

The plan is to provide 1.3 million children in England with a six week food voucher.

Responding to the news, Rashford took to his Twitter page where he posted: "I don’t even know what to say. Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020."

Earlier on, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid criticised Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey for a tweet she sent in response to Rashford's campaign to change the government's policy.

Rashford asked government to imagine how it feels for parents fearful their water might not be connected or won't be able to feed their children, to which Coffey simply replied 'water cannot be disconnected though.'

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid described her response to Rashford as 'tone deaf'.

"No empathy, no attempt to understand, no attempt to support him," said Piers. "The tone deafness of that response epitomises this government. Heartless, utterly devoid of empathy."

Susanna added: "Parents have to make a choice between their services, whether they heat their house, whether they eat themselves and whether they feed their children."