Cafes, restaurants and local councils have rallied behind a campaign by England soccer star Marcus Rashford to give free meals to children from the poorest homes, in a show of defiance against Boris Johnson. But the 22 year-old Manchester United and England star went ahead with his own Twitter campaign anyway, and more than 100 businesses, sports clubs and other groups had signed up by Friday afternoon — including the Indian restaurant in Southampton where Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak used to work shifts as a waiter. […] The Poachers pub in Durham said it will prepare 30 meals per day to help those in need, and arts venue Royal and Derngate in Northampton will offer lunch bags all week. McDonald’s Corp said it has joined with food charity FareShare — part of Rashford’s child food poverty task-force — to provide one million meals for families in need over the next two weeks. Many councils are also now vowing to pay for meals, including the Conservative-led London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which said almost 3,300 children would get vouchers worth 15 pound ($19.59) each.
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