The England international is making true use of the coronavirus-enforced break in the soccer season to help out a neighborhood charity.
While Manchester United’s season has been put on hold through the coronavirus, Marcus Rashford has been putting his newly free time to top notch use.
The England international forward has been assisting charity FareShare to supply meals to nearby children and households who rely on free school meals, which they have been denied following the outbreak of Covid-19.
Rashford stated he was inspired by his own childhood experiences to assist out, after schools across Britain have been closed because of the pandemic.
He told the BBC: “In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the colleges shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some youngsters that they are not getting at school.
“I remember when I was at college I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home till around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are children in lots more challenging conditions that don’t get their meals at homes.
“It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of tremendous and terrible influences. I am just trying to impact the next era in a positive way.”
Rashford had tweeted on Saturday to celebrate donations to FareShare reaching the £100,000 mark, which he stated meant they could produce 400,000 meals for teens around Britain.
Both Manchester United and neighbours Manchester City have been active in their efforts to battle the coronavirus.
The clubs donated a combined £100,000 to local meals banks in a bid to assist them through the coronavirus crisis, whilst Rashford’s team-mate, goalkeeper David de Gea, was praised after he reportedly gave €300,000 to battle the virus in his home city of Madrid in Spain.
“I think when times are hard it is essential that two clubs who have a large social following that we do come collectively and make a difference when matters which are bigger than soccer happen. So credit to each clubs,” Rashford said.
The 22-year-old suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January, which had seemed to have put his participation at Euro 2020 with England in doubt.
However, the competition has been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus, and Rashford, though he misses football, is feeling positive.
He said: “It’s just about patience, I have been working hard on the bikes and following the programme that I have been given from the club.
“I am just taking it day by day however I do feel 10 times better than I felt a month and a half of in the past so things are moving in the proper direction and with a bit of luck I will be ready to play again soon.
“It’s very difficult, even when there’s nothing on TV. I have been watching old games from years ago. I understand me and the United boys have been missing football.”