How to get a free meal at McDonald’s this half-term as fast food chain gives out 1 million freebies

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MCDONALD'S is giving away one million free meals this half-term - and here's how you can claim one.

The fast food chain is dishing out free grub in support of England ace Marcus Rashford's push to help vulnerable kids.

Star striker Marcus Rashford helped food charity FareShare in Manchester earlier this week

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Star striker Marcus Rashford helped food charity FareShare in Manchester earlier this week Credit: PA:Press Association

McDonald's is providing funding to FareShare - recently visited by Rashford - to urgently redistribute food to families who need it most.

You won't be able to walk into a McDonald's to collect the free hot meal, but you will be able to pick it up elsewhere.

Those who qualify for free school meals can collect a free meal from local homeless hostels, community centres or school breakfast clubs which get FareShare donations.

For more details, and to see the location of your nearest centre, see the FareShare website.

Fareshare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty across the UK which the star striker has already raised £20million for.

The Manchester United star said the massive response from McDonald's and other hospitality firms has been "incredible."

Restaurants up and down Britain have been pledging food, resulting in thousands of meals being distributed already.

The fast food giant has joined forces with food charity Fareshare to fund the meals for families in need

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The fast food giant has joined forces with food charity Fareshare to fund the meals for families in needCredit: PA:Press Association

It comes as the star striker earlier retweeted restaurants, cafes and other businesses who have been offering free meals to families in need.

The announcement came days after Rashford said kids were made to feel like they "don't matter" - after he lost his bid to get the nation's most vulnerable youngsters free school meals this winter.

MPs rejected a motion to extend free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 by 322 votes to 261, majority 61.

But Rashford pleaded with the government to resume talks on the issue last week, adding: "A significant number of children are going to bed tonight not only hungry but feeling like they do not matter."

The Government is facing mounting public anger at its refusal to extend free school meals into half-term and beyond following a campaign spearheaded by Rashford.

In the House of Lords today, Lord Woolley of Woodford, said: "I passionately believe the issue of 4.1million children living in poverty - the vast majority in working families, and the subject of free school meals should not be embroiled in this present poisonous political space."

He warned that "destitution beckons" as a result of political bickering, leaving kids "going hungry and families descending into despair".

A petition kicked off by the footballers for free meals to be extended in England over the school holidays was nearing one million signatures this morning.

Businesses, community groups and councils have answered his call and provided thousands of free meals for kids as schools in large parts of England began their half-term break.

The football star arriving at the AON Carrington Training Complex on Friday morning

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The football star arriving at the AON Carrington Training Complex on Friday morningCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

Marcus has already raised £20milion for the FareShare charity in Manchester

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Marcus has already raised £20milion for the FareShare charity in ManchesterCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke

The star striker earlier shared a list of restaurants and cafes offering free meals to schools

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The star striker earlier shared a list of restaurants and cafes offering free meals to schools

McDonalds announced the partnership in a tweet and said the funding would 'enable the urgent redistribution of meals' for those who need it most

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McDonalds announced the partnership in a tweet and said the funding would 'enable the urgent redistribution of meals' for those who need it most

The star striker earlier shared a list of restaurants and cafes offering free meals to schools - and said he was "blown away" by the small businesses offering their help.

Children's meal champion Rashford began tweeting the details of more than scores of locations across Britain to applaud their support.

They include Bolton, Liverpool, Wirral, Sheffield, Wigan, Bristol and Devon, Whitley Bay, Staffordshire, Nottingham, Stevenage, Teesdale , Anglesey, Whitehaven, Watford and County Durham.

McDonald's announced the partnership in a tweet, writing: "We are proud to announce a partnership with @FareShareUK to provide 1 million meals for families in need.

"Our funding will enable the urgent redistribution of meals across the next couple of weeks to those in greatest need."

Speaking on the new deal with FareShare, Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald's for UK & Ireland, said: “As a business we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate.

"In these challenging times, we know it’s more important than ever to support those most in need."

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Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO added: "McDonalds is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time.

"The funding will enable the equivalent of 1 million meals to be redistributed to our charity network very swiftly, and we are very grateful for their urgent support."

McDonald's has already donated over 400 tonnes of food and 100,000 litres of milk through FareShare and other organisations.

The star striker also shared a list of restaurants and cafes offering free meals to schools

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The star striker also shared a list of restaurants and cafes offering free meals to schoolsCredit: PA:Press Association

Rashford pleaded with the government to resume talks on the issue

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Rashford pleaded with the government to resume talks on the issueCredit: Mark Waugh
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