Over 150 people turned out for our 13th annual Labor Day Celebration on Monday 9/5/16, co-sponsored by the Eastern Maine Labor Council. We had perfect weather, great food and terrific live music. But more importantly, we had a lot of working people show their solidarity. Several local legislators and candidates were in attendance, as well as union members, members of local faith organizations, and the community – all coming together to celebrate the working people of Eastern Maine.

Take a look at our pictures in our Facebook album.IMG_6944

Speakers for the event:

  • Emery Deabay, VP of Eastern Maine Labor Council and President of United Steelworkers Local 1188, our emcee for the event.
  • Kevin Gregory, Board Treasurer of Food AND Medicine, member Eastern Maine Labor Council and laid off paper mill worker from Millinocket, speaking about Solidarity Harvest.
  • Aymie Walshe, member of Maine Education Association (MEA) speaking about Stand Up for Students, Referendum #2 in November
  • Scott Cuddy, Trustee of Eastern Maine Labor Council, member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1253, and candidate for Maine State House of Representatives, speaking about the importance of getting out the vote this November.
  • Carmine Leighton, former restaurant worker in the Bangor region, speaking about workers’ rights and how Food AND Medicine assisted her in a dispute with a local restaurant.
  • Jenna Dumoulin, former Food AND Medicine Board Member and home health care worker, speaking about raising the minimum wage, Referendum #4 in November, as well as the need for paid sick and personal time for low wage jobs.
  • Emily Cain, candidate for United States Congress
  • Jack McKay, President of Eastern Maine Labor Council and Director of Food AND Medicine


Our thanks to the volunteers who helped pull it all together, and to everyone who came out.

13th Annual Labor Day Celebration

August 19, 2016

Eastern Maine Labor Council and Food AND Medicine are hosting their 13th annual Labor Day celebration of the working people of Eastern Maine, Monday, September 5th here at the Solidarity Center in Brewer. Join us for live music, local food and family fun. Suggested donation of $5 per person and kids under 12 are free. Proceeds […]

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Item List for 2016 Solidarity Harvest Benefit Auction

August 10, 2016

Saturday, August 13 – doors open at 4 PM, auction begins at 5 PM. Items are still coming in! List subject to change. Please RSVP to attend the auction – call 207-989-5860 or email Melissa@foodandmedicine.org. Something for everyone! ***Just added on Friday: a generous donor has offered to transfer ownership of a one week timeshare […]

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Solidarity Harvest Fundraising Auction to be held Saturday, August 13, 2016.

July 19, 2016

Preparations are well underway for the 14th annual Solidarity Harvest! We will be holding an auction fundraiser, here at the Solidarity Center on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Doors will open at 4:00 to preview items. Solidarity Harvest is a program we wish we didn’t need to continue, but the need is growing […]

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Great turnout for the 2016 Election Forum!

June 8, 2016

The 2016 Election Forum on Monday 6/6/16 was a big success, co-sponsored by Food AND Medicine, Eastern Maine Labor Council, Maine AFL-CIO and Maine People’s Alliance – what a great turn out! We focused on the minimum wage and Stand Up for Students referendums which will both be on Maine’s ballot in November. Thanks to […]

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2016 Election Forum, Monday June 6

June 3, 2016

Food AND Medicine is co-sponsoring a 2016 Election forum – Monday night 6/6 – at 6:00 we’ll have some food and the forum starts at 6:30. It will be held here at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street in Brewer. We will focus on the ground-breaking minimum wage referendum, the Stand Up for Students referendum as […]

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Girls’ Day Out, Saturday May 21st

May 20, 2016

Food AND Medicine is proud to partner with Columbia Street Project as co-sponsor of Girls’ Day Out, an outreach and resource fair for women, Saturday 5/21/16, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Columbia Street Project, 45 Columbia Street, Bangor. The event will include a number of vendor tables, nonprofits serving women in the […]

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Our 2016 Membership Campaign is Underway

April 7, 2016

We’re a few weeks into our annual membership drive, and we want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who has renewed their membership and contributed so far! Thanks to your support, we are well on our way to achieving our goal! If you have not yet contributed and renewed your membership with Food AND Medicine, we […]

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The 7th Annual Farmer-Labor Legislative Breakfast

March 21, 2016

The 7th Annual Farmer-Labor Legislative Breakfast was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Solidarity Center in Brewer, co-sponsored by Food AND Medicine and the Eastern Maine Labor Council. A panel of eight local legislators discussed issues currently before the state legislature and fielded questions from the audience, which consisted of approximately 80 local […]

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2015 Was a Great Year!

January 4, 2016

We want to thank all of our members, supporters and volunteers for a very successful 2015! With all of your work and generosity, we have made tremendous impacts this past year, some of which are highlighted below: Our 13th annual Solidarity Harvest was our largest so far, distributing 1200 Thanksgiving meal baskets that each feed 8-10 […]

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