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There is a famous footballer in the UK named Marcus Rashford. He plays for the team Manchester United. Rashford has been working hard to get free meals for children. He wants no children to be hungry. He is worried about children not having food during the holidays and the coronavirus pandemic. Rashford’s goal is to end child poverty in the UK.

In the UK, children from low-income families get free school meals. However, in the past, children have not gotten free meals during breaks or holidays. Rashford has been working to change this. He started in March 2020 by partnering with a food charity. He worked with them during the first COVID-19 lockdown to feed children in Manchester. In June 2020, Rashford wrote a letter to the UK government asking them to help children during the summer. The next day, the government announced they would give free school meals to children during the summer break.

Now, Rashford is trying to get free meals for children during the winter holidays. He has been pushing the government. There was a vote in parliament about whether or not to give free meals during the winter holidays until Easter 2021. The MPs voted 322 to 261 against the free meals. Rashford criticised those who voted against it. He said they lacked humanity. Rashford will continue to feed children with the support of many people and businesses in the UK. So far, he has helped 4 million children around the country.

Difficult Words

Poverty (n): The state of being extremely poor.

Income (n): Money that people make from work.

Partnering (v): To become partners or work together.

Charity (n): A group that collects money for those who need it.

Humanity (n): All humans that have ever lived.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Poverty A. Work together.
 2. Income B. Helpful group.
 3. Partnering C. Poor
 4. Charity D. People
 5. Humanity E. Money

True or False?

1. Marcus Rashford is a famous baseball player. T / F

2. Rashford is worried about adults being hungry. T / F

3. Children from low-income families get free meals in the UK. T / F

4. Rashford wrote a letter to the UK government. T / F

5.  The UK government said they would feed children during winter. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. in / UK / famous / a / the / is / There / footballer

2. been / Rashford / has / hard / working

3. wants / to / no / He / be / hungry / children

4. has / working / change / Rashford / to / been / this

5. vote / There / in / was / a / parliament

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English:

BreaksFootballerLockdown
PushingSupportAnnounced

There is a famous (1)_____________ in the UK named Marcus Rashford. He plays for the team Manchester United. Rashford has been working hard to get free meals for children. He wants no children to be hungry. He is worried about children not having food during the holidays and the coronavirus pandemic. Rashford’s goal is to end child poverty in the UK.

In the UK, children from low-income families get free school meals. However, in the past, children have not gotten free meals during (2)__________ or holidays. Rashford has been working to change this. He started in March 2020 by partnering with a food charity. He worked with them during the first COVID-19 (3)____________ to feed children in Manchester. In June 2020, Rashford wrote a letter to the UK government asking them to help children during the summer. The next day, the government (4)______________ they would give free school meals to children during the summer break.

Now, Rashford is trying to get free meals for children during the winter holidays. He has been (5)_____________ the government. There was a vote in parliament about whether or not to give free meals during the winter holidays until Easter 2021. The MPs voted 322 to 261 against the free meals. Rashford criticised those who voted against it. He said they lacked humanity. Rashford will continue to feed children with the (6)____________ of many people and businesses in the UK. So far, he has helped 4 million children around the country.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Should the British government give free meals to poor children during the holidays?
5. Is it right for people to be angry at the government for not giving the meals?
6. Do poor children in your country get free school meals?
7. Is there help in your country for children during the school holidays?
8. Is it important for celebrities to use their platforms to help people?
9. Are there any famous people in your country who are known for helping people?
10. Is it the government’s job to help people with their children?
11. Are children more vulnerable in your country because of COVID-19?
12. Are people in your country getting help from the government because of COVID-19?
13. What are school meals like in your country?
14. Is it more common to bring lunch from home or to eat a school meal in your country?
15. Are school meals healthy in your country?
16. Have school meals in your country changed since you were a kid?
17. Do low-income people get help with buying food in your country?
18. In what other ways do you think children need help?
19. Is it expensive to raise a child in your country?
20. Are there many children’s charities in your country?