Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his campaign against child poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The England International was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list, approved by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Rashford made an impact during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic when he campaigned for the government to allow about 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers in England’s summer holidays during the coronavirus pandemic.
The move forced the British government to reverse their decision in June, and agreed to continue funding meals for poor children over the summer holidays.
Manchester United said they were “delighted” to see the player’s work off the pitch had been recognised.
“Everyone at Manchester United is hugely proud of Marcus for the work he has been doing to tackle food poverty among vulnerable children,” a club statement read.
“His campaigning has raised awareness of a crucial issue and made a positive difference, and we are delighted to see his efforts being recognised with this honour.”