Soccer star takes on UK leader over meals for needy kids

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing growing pressure to make a policy U-turn as opponents and allies alike rallied behind a young soccer star’s campaign to help families feed their children. Manchester United and England player Marcus Rashford is urging the government to provide free meals for needy students over the summer. Rashford has described how, as one of five children of a single mother, “we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbors and coaches.” The government has refused to back down on plans to end a 15 pound ($19) weekly meal voucher in July. But Rashford’s campaign is being supported by celebrities, opposition politicians and even lawmakers from Johnson’s Conservative Party.