LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister BorisJohnson said on Monday he fully accepted that children goinghungry during school holidays was a problem during the pandemicbut said a debate remained over how it should be tackled.

Johnson added he saluted Marcus Rashford, the ManchesterUnited striker who has campaigned for the government to providefood vouchers during school holidays to children who normallyreceive free meals during term time if their parents receivewelfare support.

"We certainly recognise that there is an issue," Johnsontold reporters. "We have been dealing with it continuouslythroughout the period of the pandemic. And we're going tocontinue to deal with it. And just to repeat, we will make surewe will do everything in our power to make sure that no kid, nochild goes hungry this winter during the holidays."

He added: "The debate is how do you deal with it."

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