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Chef Tom Kerridge and Premier League footballer Marcus Rashford have teamed up to create affordable Christmas meals for hard-hit families during the festive season.
Kerridge created Christmas Day and Boxing Day meals for six for just £10, including a turkey roll and a Boxing Day veggie hash, which is simplicity itself as it uses leftovers and few pots and pans.
Tom has confided in The Sun that he and Rashford “both grew up in single-parent families and had mums who had more than one job. We both had free school meals.”
Rashford has always campaigned to raise awareness for child food poverty and other social issues: “Tom has done a great job working with nutritionists to stretch ingredients as far as he can.”
Kerridge admits that he’s come under fire for selling expensive food in his restaurant that claims to feed a family but isn’t exactly value for money, at least when compared to his budget Christmas food recipes, but states that budget food and gourmet food just aren’t the same product.
Rashford also told the Sun that when he was a boy, his mum often had to rely on food banks in order to feed him and his family at Christmas time.
“This campaign is about making people’s lives a little bit easier,” said Kerridge. “Everyone should be entitled to a special meal at Christmas.”
Lyndsay Boswell, of FareShare which supports 10,500 charities, said that living costs have increased so much in recent years that people are finding it virtually impossible to make ends meet without assistance.
“We are humbled to be working alongside Marcus and Tom to support the Full Time Meals campaign and distribute the fantastic, affordable recipes that Tom has created for the charities who help over a million people across the UK each year,” she said.
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