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Homeless helpers set down roots as The Van adds 'The Farm' to its resources

Founder Aaron Reddin hopes property can eventually be used for fundraising events as well as farming resources for The Van.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The Van started in 2011 to transport needed supplies such as food, water, clothing and hygiene products to unsheltered people. 

Now, The Van is expanding its mission by farming fresh vegetables, eggs and honey. 

"We began to see that people were getting a lot of their food from dumpsters, you know, and having to live off junk," said The Van's founder Aaron Reddin.

Credit: Theba Lolley
THV11, through a TEGNA Foundation grant, donated funds to help build the barn.

Reddin says the newly purchased land, which he's named “The Field," will eventually serve as an event venue for concerts and other gatherings to help raise money.

If you are interested in learning how to start a mobile operation in your own city, contact Aaron Reddin at aaron@theoneinc.org.

CLICK HERE to donate. 

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