Walpole, NH (August 19, 2022) – Since 2018, Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD0 has joined community partners to show appreciation for our local veterans every Saturday in September!
Cheshire County Veterans are invited to attend the Farmers' Market of Keene on Saturdays 9am-1pm (Gilbo Ave. Keene, NH) and/or the Winchester Farmer's Market (1 Richmond Rd. Winchester, NH) on Saturdays 9am-1pm throughout the month of September to receive $20 in vouchers every week to spend on food items at each market!
The Cheshire County Conservation District has partnered with the Farmer's Market of Keene, the Winchester Farmer's Market, and the Cheshire Medical Center's Center for Population Health to increase community members access to healthy foods, an effort which advances the priority areas of the Healthy Monadnock Alliance.
The Veteran Appreciation Month program in Cheshire County is not based on need, but rather serves as a way for our community to say "thank you" to our local service members for their commitment and sacrifice.
Additionally, Veteran Appreciation Month, supports local farm viability and strengthens our food system, by providing additional business to our local markets- a win/win for consumers and farmers!
Vouchers are distributed each week at the Veteran Appreciation Month booth at each market on a first come, first served basis while funding supplies last.
Cheshire County Veterans may come back every week for another $20 in vouchers and may participate at both locations if they wish. Vouchers may be used to purchase food items only. Vouchers have no cash value, are non-transferable, and must be redeemed at each market respectively by the end of September 2022.
To participate, veterans must provide proof of veteran status and proof of Cheshire County residency. Valid forms of Veteran ID include: (1) copy of DD214, (2) healthcare enrollee card from Veteran Affairs, or (3) NH Driver's license with a Veterans designation.
Veterans from eligible towns include: Keene, Swanzey, Gilsum, Harrisville, Alstead, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Walpole, Troy, Nelson, Roxbury, Rindge, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Surry, Sullivan, Chesterfield, Stoddard, Marlow, Westmoreland, Richmond, and Winchester.
This program would not be possible without the support of our community! If you would like to make a donation to support future funding of Veteran Appreciation Month, please do so on our website:https://www.cheshireconservation.org/donate.
Donations to Veteran Appreciation Month may also be made by mail, checks can be made payable to "CCCD" and addressed to 11 Industrial Park Dr., Walpole, NH 03608. Please include "VAM" in the memo line. Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated and make a difference!
This program has been modeled after the Vouchers for Veterans program, now in its sixth season, started by the Rochester Farmers' Market in Rochester, NH.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988 ext.4 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org