Veggies for Vets Project Serves Unhoused Veterans in Fayetteville

ServiceSource North Carolina Donates Land for Community Garden

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Stacey Buckner talks about the Veggies for Vets garden on July 30. Local nonprofits Off-Road Outreach and ServiceSource started the community garden for homeless, at-risk and low-income veterans.

This is an excerpt of the article titled Veggies for Vets: Community garden serves homeless veterans published by The Fayetteville Observer.

Stacey Buckner frequently provides showers, food and toiletries to Fayetteville’s homeless veterans, but she questioned if more was needed to help.

She hands out donated peanut butter crackers, Vienna sausage and dry food staples to those she comes in contact with.

“The thing is, handing out food is great and if you don’t have anything, but if we could just go a step further and make it more meaningful, that’s what we want to do,” she said.

When Buckner started a garden in February, she began handing out vegetables along with the food items. She said it was well-received.

“So I was like, if I had some more land or something,” she said.

It was a question she posted on her Facebook page, which was seen by ServiceSource’s division manager of operations, Jim Ritcher.

Buckner has worked with ServiceSource in the past. The nonprofit supports people with disabilities, their families and caregivers with services that include financial coaching, vocational training employment opportunities, deaf services, senior services and veteran services among others.

Click here to continue reading from The Fayetteville Observer website. You can also learn more about the project and Off-Road Outreach by clicking the video below.

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