We’ve been organizing weekly visits to our Congressional delegation’s Bangor offices since January. A group of between 5-20 constituents meet on Tuesday mornings at 11:45 outside the Margaret Chase Smith federal building on Harlow Street to coordinate messaging. Check our Facebook page each Monday for information about topics and any changes to timing.

We have a standing meeting with Senator Collins’ staff and discuss one or two topics. Notes from our meetings are given to the Senator, and due to our persistence and rapport with staff, we were invited to have a private meeting with Senator Collins over the April break. In this meeting, 8 constituents presented issues to the Senator, and she replied to each. We also asked her to co-sponsor an important childcare bill that was introduced by Senator King, but his office was unable to gain her support. After listening to our Organizer’s personal story related to childcare, Senator Collins looked more closely at the bill and agreed to co-sponsor!

After Collins’ office, we visit Senator King’s office. We have weekly meetings with his staff, one week met with his wife, and were also invited to a private meeting with Senator King in May.

Most weeks we also walk over to Representative Poliquin’s office, which is in a different building. We have not (yet?) been granted a private meeting with Poliquin, but were able to obtain a meeting with him after another event in Brewer last month.

This week’s meeting is on Healthcare! The Senate vote could be next week, though no one is sure because no one outside the commitee has seen the bill. Any constituent is welcomed and encouraged to join us for these meetings.

Earth Day Festival, take 2

June 7, 2017

Earth Day is April 20th, but this year it rained. We rescheduled our annual Earth Day event to Saturday, June 10th and it looks like the weather will cooperate! Join us for fun for the whole family this Saturday, from 11am to 1pm at Pickering Square in Bangor. The event highlights the Community Connector, Bangor’s […]

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We’re having a HOUSE PARTY!

May 26, 2017

Food AND Medicine will hold a house party fundraiser, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the luxurious Green Gem Holistic Healing Oasis. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. We want to take this opportunity to thank old friends and to make new ones! Tickets: $25* per person. Thanks to our Host Committee who generously […]

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Honoring our First Volunteer Superstar

May 2, 2017

We proudly honor Larry Lussier as our first Volunteer Superstar! Larry has been a Member and Volunteer with us since 2013. He helps us with handy work at the Solidarity Center, cooks for events, and volunteers for Solidarity Harvest. Larry cooked the delicious food served at our Legislative Breakfast in April. THANK YOU LARRY for everything […]

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Earth Day is Rained Out!

April 21, 2017

The Earth Day Festival scheduled for Saturday 4/22 has been POSTPONED due to weather! New date is June 10, same place and time: Noon to 2 pm at Pickering Square. We apologize for any inconvenience, but Mother Nature is beyond our control! FMI call Martin Chartrand at 207-989-5850.

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Recap of Meeting with Senator Collins

April 18, 2017

After months of organizing polite, persistent meetings at her Bangor office, Food AND Medicine (FAM) was granted a rare meeting with Senator Susan Collins in Bangor on Wednesday, April 12. This was a brief, closed meeting, limited to eight people. We made the difficult choice of seven people (plus one of FAM’s Organizers), each prepared […]

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This week’s updates:

April 14, 2017

Five things to know about FAM for the week ending April 15, 2017: After months of organizing polite persistent meetings at her Bangor office, we were granted a rare meeting with Senator Susan Collins in Bangor on Wednesday. This was a brief, closed meeting limited to 8 people. We made the difficult choice of seven […]

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8th Annual Legislative Breakfast Saturday

April 6, 2017

Local legislators have been invited to the Solidarity Center on Saturday April 8, 2017, 8-10 AM, for the 8th Annual Legislative Breakfast, co-sponsored by Food AND Medicine and Eastern Maine Labor Council. A number of current legislative topics will be presented by directly impacted citizens, and the legislators are asked to provide their stance and […]

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RAFFLE to support SNAP Match at Ohio Street Farmers’ Market

March 29, 2017

We’re holding a raffle! Tickets are $5/each and all proceeds directly support our SNAP match program at the Ohio Street Farmers’ Market, providing a 25% discount to SNAP users on fresh, local food such as meat and breads that are not covered by other USDA-sponsored discounts. Raffle tickets available at Food AND Medicine’s office in […]

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Upcoming Events

March 9, 2017

2017 Upcoming events and actions:  4/8 Legislative Breakfast – 8-10 AM at the Solidarity Center, Brewer. Home-cooked, local food breakfast included; $5 suggested donation. Annual partnership with Eastern Maine Labor Council. 4/29 House Party – Hear from community leaders involved in Food AND Medicine’s programs and eat delicious food! This is a fundraising event, details […]

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