Vouchers for Veterans is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide Veterans living in New Hampshire and Maine with food and nutrition.
Veterans are the backbone of this great nation. They fought tirelessly protecting our freedoms so that we may remain the “Land of Opportunity”. They put their lives at risk, and on hold, protecting our Country from harm’s way.
We believe that those who sacrifice for others have earned more than gratitude. They're deserve support and relief. Our passion is to deliver that support and relief to our Veterans.
Many Veterans return from service changed by their experiences. Some are injured. Others are affected by trauma that makes it difficult for them to reacclimate to civilian life.
Through our partnerships with farmers markets across New Hampshire and Maine, we've given almost 5,000 nutritious meals to Veterans. At farmers markets, we provide Veterans a safe place to talk with and heal with other Veterans who can uniquely understand them. These bonding times among Veterans are important to their healing.
When you support Vouchers for Veterans, you support Veterans who have given of themselves selflessly. You also invigorate local area growers and support small businesses in your community.
"Vouchers for Veterans is committed to giving back to Veterans; food, nutrition, and a safe space to gather and talk — as some token of appreciation for all they've done for us."
Vouchers for Veterans began in September of 2016. We were collecting money for Veterans at a local restaurant in a World War II helmet. As we collected donations, we searched for ways to spend the money that would benefit the greatest number of Veterans.
During the spring of 2016, a new farmers market was opening in Rochester New Hampshire, the Rochester Farmers Market. With its arrival, we determined how to apply the money we collected to benefit Veterans. We decided to give them vouchers to buy nutritious food at the Rochester Farmers Market.
We chose the month of September for our first campaign at the Rochester Farmers Market. It was a great fit for several reasons. First, September is Hunger Action Month, when people across the globe rally to fight hunger. Second, farmers markets experience declining sales in September, because tourist season is over. Third, with fewer people going to farmers markets in September, there's more available parking for the Veterans who we want to attract. Finally, farmers still have a plentiful inventory of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Our first September was the Rochester Farmers market was an incredible success. We heard from Veterans organizations and farmers markets all over New Hampshire and Maine asking us to expand into their area. We applied for a 501(c)(3) status and received it in the fall of 2018.
In 2019, we launched in two New Hampshire counties, Belknap and Grafton. We also added York County in Maine. In 2020, we expanded in southern New Hampshire's Rockingham county. Today, Vouchers for Veterans provides food to Veterans at six farmers markets.
Every week in September, you'll find Vouchers for Veterans at farmers markets in New Hampshire and Maine. Veterans pick up vouchers for every week in September and redeem one each week at a participating farmers market that they choose.
With the support of volunteers and donors, we expand to new farmers markets every year. With your help, we'll provide more Veterans with needed food and nutrition. Our goal is to reach every Veteran in New Hampshire and Maine.
Vouchers for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We feed Veterans in New Hampshire and Maine by providing them food vouchers that they redeem at local farmers markets.
Veterans receive fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and baked goods from local producers at participating farmers markets. Vouchers for Veterans delivers nutrition and relief to Veterans and direct financial support to farmers and growers in the communities we serve.