England World Cup winner Adil Rashid hands out food parcels to hungry children in Bradford after taking inspiration from Marcus Rashford’s crusade to feed kids
- Adil Rashid has been working with the Volunteering Interfaith Programme team
- England and Yorkshire spinner said 40,000 kids were going hungry in Bradford
- Rashid, 32, said he has been inspired by Marcus Rashford’s food crusade
- Rashford has been lobbying government to extend a free school meal scheme
World Cup winner Adil Rashid has taken to handing out food to hungry children in his home city of Bradford this half-term.
Rashid, the England and Yorkshire leg-spinner, has joined the Volunteering Interfaith Programme team working out of the Masjid-e-Quba mosque.
The 32-year-old wanted to do something practical, having taken inspiration from fellow England international Marcus Rashford’s lobbying of the government to extend free school meal vouchers across holiday periods.
England spinner Adil Rashid has volunteered in Bradford to distribute food parcels to hungry children after being inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford’s crusade to feed kids
Rashid said he wanted to ensure impoverished kids in Bradford didn’t go hungry at half-term
England international forward Rashford pictured volunteering with FareShare in Manchester
‘There are over 40,000 kids in Bradford in poverty and we are doing our bit by making sure none of them go hungry these holidays,’ Rashid told Sportsmail.
The VIP in Bradford have been distributing meals and food packages to the needy courtesy of donations from local businesses.
Manchester United and England striker Rashford, 22, has been awarded an MBE for his work to tackle child poverty.
The Government extended the free school meal voucher scheme over the summer holidays as a result of Rashford’s campaigning.
Rashford has led the campaign to combat child food hunger and has been awarded an MBE
The Man United striker visited FareShare Greater Manchester to prepare food deliveries
But it has refused to extend it further, saying councils in England had already been given money to support families.
When a motion to extend the scheme was voted down in the House of Commons, businesses around the country rallied behind Rashford’s campaign.
The footballer used the reach of his Twitter account to highlight pubs, restaurants and cafes that were offering free food to eligible children over half-term.