Marcus Rashford joins forces with Celebrity Chef to create a £10 Christmas Dinner

The Mancunian footballing legend and all round good egg was inspired to help those struggling to afford a proper Christmas dinner after his own mum had been forced to visit food banks over Christmas when he was younger.

By Manchester's Finest | 21 December 2021

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It could be said that Marcus Rashford has done more for children across the UK in his short 24 years on this planet than any prior government.

The Manchester United player received an MBE for his fight against child poverty last month, and his latest ‘Full Time Meals’ venture with Chef Tom Kerridge will see him create a budget Christmas dinner recipe worth just £10 in Healthy Start vouchers. 

The project has been curated specifically for those relying on food banks this Christmas, and the two-meal menu comes complete with a turkey roll with stuffing and tray baked vegetables, with enough to make a left-over potato and carrot hash on Boxing Day.

Kerridge demonstrated how to prepare the meal in a video shared onto the Full Time Meals social media channels, where he added that anyone not using the vouchers would still only pay around £13 for the ingredients.

Speaking to ITV News, Rashford said: “Christmas has a great ability to bring families together and I want as many children as possible to wake up on Christmas morning happy and without the stress of wondering where their next meal is coming from.”

Kerridge added: “I hope the recipes we have created are useful and that they will bring awareness of the Healthy Start Voucher many families are entitled to.”

The menu comes as part of an ongoing campaign the pair have been involved with in partnership food waste and hunger charity FareShare. Other celebrities, including Amelia Dimoldenberg, Ed Gamble and Russel Brand have also taken part in the Full Time Meals venture, appearing on its Instagram page cooking dishes from a ‘melting mushroom toastie’, to a ‘cauliflower and sweet potato curry’. 

A charity spokesperson said it was aimed at ending food poverty and equipping children with ‘vital life and cookery skills to support seamless navigation into adult life’.


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