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People are furious that McDonald’s is stepping in to feed low-income children

The fast food giant’s big pledge is met with shock, skepticism, and memes.


Siobhan Ball

Internet Culture

After the British government voted against providing free meals for low-income children in England during the school holidays, footballer Marcus Rashford and a number of private businesses stepped up to fill in the gap. That includes fast-food giant MacDonald’s, which pledged on Friday to fund 1,000,000 meals for hungry children during the upcoming half-term holiday—when their usual free school lunches won’t be available.

'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.' screenshot of people unloading a lorry

Not everyone is happy about this, however, and the complaints range from having misunderstood what exactly MacDonald’s is doing to outrage over the idea that children whose parents can’t afford to provide for them… aren’t going hungry.

Quite a lot of Twitter commenters were concerned over the health impacts of children being fed a McDonald’s-heavy diet, with some even suggesting it would be better for the children to go without food entirely. However, McDonald’s won’t be serving the children Big Macs and fries. Instead, it says it will donate the cost of 1,000,000 meals to Fare Share UK.

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Excellent business idea from McDonalds. Give the kids a free junk meal and parent(s) buy one too! That'll do wonders for the health of the nation!
The government had an opportunity to provide disadvantaged children with nutritious meals but left the void to be filled by a fast food chain who will shove their crap into the children's stomachs and create a new generation of severely obese adults unable to live a healthy life.

Fare Share UK is a charity dedicated to tackling the twin problems of hunger and food waste in the U.K. by redistributing surplus food, food that for whatever reason would otherwise go to waste, to people in need. The funding it’s received from McDonald’s will allow the children who would otherwise go without food to receive free, healthy meals.

It's never been more vital for all children have access to good, nutritious food. We're proud to have joined @MarcusRashford 's Child Food Poverty TaskForce, shining a light on child hunger and endorsing 3 @food_strategy recommendations #EndChildFoodPoverty

There’s also much outrage directed at the British government, with many finding it absurd that McDonald’s is stepping in to meet the needs of English children because the government won’t. That children in the other three countries that make up the U.K. will be taken care of by their own governments while Westminster seems content to let English children starve is only exacerbating the disgust felt by many at this latest development.

American fast-food company has to feed hungry kids cause Sunak said No. I'm not Lovin It. It's shaming
'Ronald Mcdonald 1 - 0 Boris Johnson' picture of Ronald MacDonald next to image of Boris Johnson made up to look like a clown

On the other side, there are those who are angry that the children are being fed at all, claiming it allows parents to avoid their responsibilities and encourages a lifetime of dependence.

Breed them, feed them. Stop blaming the government


This is only a short-term measure to cover the week-long holiday. With the coronavirus showing no signs of abating, and the resulting unemployment and loss of income suffered by many families as a result, the problem of children not having enough to eat has no easy solutions.

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