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HELPING OUT: Rickmansworth fruit and veg stall receives Marcus Rashford’s support following free food pledge

 Published on: 24th October 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Warren’s Fruit and Veg stall, which trades in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood, have pledged to support families with children who have learned this week that they will not be entitled to free school meals after the vote in parliament was defeated.

The local business’ announcement led to Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, who has publicly pushed for the scheme to be continued over half term, show his support by tweeting about the Rickmansworth stall.

A post on Facebook on Friday morning read: “Following the shocking announcement that free meals will not be continued over this coming half term, Warren’s Fruit and Veg are stepping up to the cause.

“So, if you have children at home this half term and were relying on the scheme to feed your children, please text Warren between 10am – 12pm on Friday, October 23 and we will sort you out with free fruit and vegetables to feed your children.

“We look forward to helping where the government have let you down.”

The post, at the time of writing, has received more than 2,000 shares, with people also donating money to the business to allow them to continue to support families. 

Warren O’Connor, who owns the business, appeared on BBC’s Breakfast on Friday. He said: “Myself and Andrew have come up with the idea that because of the government’s decision to withhold free school meals during the half term break, we’ve decided to do something about it.

“We are opening up one of our stalls at Halfway House in Rickmansworth on Monday for anyone who needs fruit and veg for their kids, we’ll give them away for free.

“It’s something we feel strongly about, and we want to make something positive out of a very, very negative situation.” 

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