A free map has been launched to show venues in Greater Manchester where kids can get free meals during half-term thanks to Marcus Rashford’s campaign.
The Man United ace has inspired the nation with his mission to make sure needy children still get fed over the school holidays.
Tory MPs voted down a proposal to extend free school meal vouchers over the October half-term earlier this week.
But kind-hearted hospitality businesses across the country began offering to step in and feed children instead.
Wythenshawe-born Rashford, 22, began sharing the pledges via his Twitter account and in the past three days, thousands of cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK have joined in.
Now a Manchester-based digital agency, Silverchip, has launched a website schoolmealfinder.org to help families find their nearest venue.
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The website allows users to put in their postcode and it will return the 25 nearest businesses offering free meals during the holidays.
There is also an interactive map that allows users to explore the wider area.
There are now around 1,000 businesses across the country listed on the website, and more are being added every hour as more pledges come in via Rashford’s Twitter account.
Liam Bateman, chief technology officer at Silverchip, said he got the it up and running on Friday in the hope of helping the campaign.
“The response of local businesses has been overwhelming, but with no directory, there was no clear way for people to find help near them,” he said.
“Based on a simple postcode look-up, schoolmealfinder.org fills that gap, connecting people looking for help with those providing it.
“We really hope this will help people in need access support quickly, as well as making it easier for more businesses to get involved, simply by submitting their details.”
As the data is crowdsourced, people can suggest edits if they spot an error in any of the information.
Some Conservative MPs have broken cover and opposed Downing Street’s stance as Labour has threatened to push for another Commons vote on the issue.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 paediatricians who work with children and young people have signed a letter saying England should follow the devolved nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and provide free meals during holidays.
Members of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said they are shocked by the government’s “refusal” to do so, and praised footballer Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford for his “powerful campaigning” on the issue.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing calls to meet 22-year-old Marcus – who has received an MBE honouring his efforts to tackle child food poverty – to discuss his free school meals campaign.
The government, meanwhile, has said it has increased welfare support for vulnerable families, who have collectively received “millions of pounds in funding”.