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Vouchers for Veterans

The mission of Vouchers for Veterans is to thank all active duty and Veterans living in New Hampshire and Southern Maine for their military service by providing them with vouchers to purchase fresh, nutritious foods directly from the growers and farmers at local farmers markets.

Our Vision is to see this program in every county in NH and Southern Maine. It's importand that Veterans know they have not been forgotten and that the community they live in is grateful for their sacrifices.Too many Veterans are simply not elegible for VA benefits because of the time period in which they served. These Veterans feel they have been forgotten by everyone. Others may make too much money and many more are trying to get help today for what they feel is a service related illness from all those many years ago. It's important that they all know they have not been forgotten.

We do this, each week, in the month of September. We chose September as it is not only Hungar Awareness month, it is a time when the farmers and growers have an abundance of product, yet their market sales have slumped due to children returning to school and tourists leaving the State after vacationing here. In September there is more parking, cooler weather and an abundance of fresh food. The Veterans get $20.00 in vouchers each week they attend the farmers market in September. The farmers, in turn cash in the vouchers at the end of the day for a check. This program keeps the farmers market vibrant in an othetrwise slow month. The Veterans wins. the Farmers and Growers win and the Community wins as the money is kept local.

Started in 2016, the first 3 seasons exceded expectations and Vouchers for Veterans applied for a 501-c-3 status. In addition to the original location of Strafford Co, NH, this allowed for Vouchers for Veterans to expand into three additional counties, two in New Hampshire, Belknap, Co. and Grafton, Co. and one  in York County in Maine. We would like to expand each year until New Hampshire's  additional 7 Counties all have a program. 

At our Strafford County location in September 2019, we broke our previous years numbers by serving approximately 800 grateful Veterans.

For more information on Vouchers for Veterans please go to www.vouchersforveterans.org or email us at info@vouchersforveterans.org.

Posted on: Thursday, December 19, 2019

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