Solidarity Harvest 2015

October 6, 2015

Solidarity Harvest 2014 Each year since 2003, we’ve purchased fresh produce from local farms to bring Thanksgiving meal baskets to families of laid-off workers and others in hard times—as many as 1,200 baskets last year, which is enough food to feed over 8,000 people!

This year, need is growing. With the announcement of 180 workers being laid off at Old Town Fuel & Fiber, and a looming bankruptcy at Lincoln Paper & Tissue Co., we anticipate that many families will be wondering where their next meal, let alone their Thanksgiving meal, is coming from. Every $35 you donate sponsors one meal. Please click here to donate $35, $70, $105 or $140, to provide relief for some of these families at this difficult time in their lives.

One meal won’t solve the problems workers in our region face. But it is part of how Food AND Medicine brings together unemployed, union workers, local farmers, people of faith, and students to work for change. This is the critical work your membership supports– projects like Transportation for All, an effort to improve our region’s bus system so people can access good jobs, and Community Supported Farmers’ Markets, which helps make fresh local food a right, not a luxury, year-round.

On Thanksgiving especially, our traditions teach us to share the bounty with everyone in our community- not just the rich. Each of our food baskets feed 8 – 10 people. The turkeys for these baskets are very generously donated by Manna Ministries in Bangor. The cost to us for the rest of the food is $35, because we purchase from Maine farmers in order to support our local economy.

Please consider sponsoring as many meals as you can to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters while we continue to work toward a future in which we do not have to give out meals.

You can make your donation by sending a check to Food and Medicine, 20 Ivers St. Brewer, Me 04412 or click here to make a secure online donation.  You can make your check out to either Food and Medicine or, if you wish to have this be a tax-deductible donation, Food and Medicine JWJ EF (Jobs with Justice Education Fund, EIN # 27-0565468.)

There are many ways to give hands-on help, including

  • Commit to baking 25, 50 or 100 pumpkin breads or pies to go in the meal baskets
  • Volunteer to pick up produce from local farms and deliver it to our storage space (various times Oct 1-Nov 10)
  • Take a volunteer shift: We need significant volunteer help from Nov 17-24.
  • Cook a meal to feed our volunteer crew (Nov 17-24)!

Thank you for your support. Every donation, every helping hand makes a critical difference.

For more information about Solidarity Harvest or Food AND Medicine, contact Jack McKay at


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