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Veterans helping veterans is a recipe for success

Posted: 3:30 PM, Nov 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-12 17:44:35-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Veterans helping veterans is a recipe for success. 

"That's just how I was trained, we take care of one another," said Mary Morgan, a registered dietitian with the Kansas City VA. 

Morgan is retired Navy. After spending years in the service, Morgan works at the Kansas City VA providing in-home services to veterans. She's giving more than just basic care. Morgan is a dietitian and takes her care into the kitchens of other veterans in need. 

"I don't get a whole lot of visitors and she does come by and see me every month," said Gary Hinson, Army veteran. 

Hinson is just one veteran that Morgan checks up on regularly. Hinson is unable to get around. He loves to cook but has little to make. Morgan recently started bringing him and a few other veterans fresh food for their kitchens, things they might not otherwise have. 

"I would not have these things, I mean can you imagine having a meal with nothing but bread and meat or peanut butter and jelly," said Elizabeth Foster, Army veteran. 

Foster said she lives in a food desert. After donating her car, she's unable to go far for her groceries. 

"Before Mary started this, I would have cereal morning, noon and night," said Foster. 

Morgan works with Harvesters. She shops for fresh produce and then delivers them to vets. Her goal is to get them things they need to help stay out of the hospital. 

"That's really the whole goal of this, is to just give them the food that will keep them healthy," said Morgan.