Janqui Me...
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Janqui Mehta
on 09 December 2011

David Miliband MP meets Team vInspired volunteers smallDavid Miliband MP has pledged his support for Teamv 's mission to tackle food poverty this Christmas.

David agreed to support the campaign after Team vInspired London leader Luke Harris spotted him on a Tube train and seized the opportunity to tell the MP (and the rest of the tube carriage) all about Team v.

He met Luke and his team at the Houses of Parliament yesterday (December 8) to hear more about their campaign to tackle food poverty. Team vInspired leaders are setting up food hubs in community centres, offices and disused shops across the country. They have teamed up with local charities to ensure the food donated gets to the families who need it most before Christmas.

Luke says: “Christmas is a time of year when we all hope to enjoy those extra treats – huge dinners, mince pies, chocolates – but around seven per cent of all families in the UK can’t afford to celebrate Christmas at all . And with around one in five families in the UK living below the poverty line , many more will face a struggle to put Christmas dinner on the table. We’ve had a great response from lots of businesses and members of the public in central London already. But I’m grateful for Mr Miliband’s support in highlighting our campaign to make Christmas a little happier for some of our neighbours.”

David said: “Luke and the rest of Team vInspired London are doing an inspirational job of tackling the problem of food poverty. They are a wonderful example of the positive contribution that dedicated young volunteers make to their communities and I wish them the best of luck with this important campaign.”

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