The Boro striker is following in the footsteps of his former Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford in urging people to show support in the battle against child poverty.

MFC Foundation will be providing further 1,000 food parcels for distribution, and Fletcher is hoping local businesses will come together to provide support for the campaign.

The Foundation has already supplied 25,000 food parcels since March and this is a continuation of the sterling work being done with the local community.

“The MFC Foundation have been delivering food parcels throughout the pandemic and have done an amazing job,” said Fletcher.

“What we need now is more support. Marcus has really led the way with this on a national basis, and as a football club we are determined to play our part on a local level by offering support where we can across Teesside.

“There’s families who need help on our own doorstep, and we’re asking people to come forward and support the Foundation in tackling child poverty in our region.

“There is no overnight solution, but we have to do what we can and act now.”

Head of MFC Foundation Helena Bowman said: “We have such an important role to play within our local community and being there to support the people of Teesside. 

“We have been providing and delivering food parcels for some months now, but the situation needs continually addressing, and we’re hoping we can create more awareness and generate added support to help tackle the problems being faced by so many families in our area.”

Anyone wishing to support the campaign can donate money to the MFC Foundation appeal here or text to donate

Text FREESCHOOLMEALS 5 to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

Text FREESCHOOLMEALS 10 to 70460 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.

Text FREESCHOOLMEALS 15 to 70460 to donate £15. Texts cost £15 plus one standard rate message.

Every penny received will go directly to provide food parcels for our region.