Marcus Rashford has shown his support for a local business offering free fruit and vegetables to children.

The Football star shared a photo on his twitter page of the announcement by Warren’s Fruit and Veg, which is making the move after a Labour motion for the free school meals scheme to be extended was defeated in the House of Commons.

The business - which trades in Borehamwood, Rickmansworth and Chorleywood – said on its Facebook page that it would “step up to the cause” following the “shocking announcement that free meals will not be continued over this coming half term”.

The post added that parents relying on the scheme to feed their children should get in touch “and we will sort you out with free fruit & vegetables to feed your children”.

Although parents were encouraged to get in touch this morning (October 23) the business said it has received “overwhelming demand” and will open an extra day on Monday to welcome any parents who are struggling to feed their children this half term.

Watford MP Dean Russell was among the majority of MPs to have voted against Labour’s motion earlier this week – and said he voted with “good conscience”.

He felt the Government is “doing a lot to help support the most vulnerable”

Mr Russell said: ““I think it is important to note that children who are eligible ffree school meals will continue to receive this provision if they are required to self-isolate.

“Schools have been asked to work with their caterers to provide food parcels for those required to stay at home.

“Over £550 million a year is spent in England through the National Funding Formula to ensure that disadvantaged children benefit from Free School Meals, a provision which has been in place for more decades."