Food AND Medicine (FAM) has organized Solidarity Harvest annually since 2003, providing locally-sourced Thanksgiving meal baskets to people in hard times throughout Maine. Each basket has enough food to feed 8-10 people! The program has grown each year as food insecurity increases; from 130 in 2003 to 1300 in 2016.

This year, we plan to distribute 1500 baskets with enough food to feed between 12,000 and 15,000 people. This program also supports local farmers; we plan to purchase produce and food from between 40-60 Maine farms and food producers, prioritizing smaller farms and helping by providing a home for surplus crops that they might otherwise be unable to sell. In 2016, over 400 volunteers helped to sort and assemble the baskets and help to deliver produce from the farms. FAM partners with over 40 organizations to organize volunteers and identify recipients – including the Eastern Maine Labor Council (EMLC) and its 43 member unions (with combined total membership of over 5000), childcare providers, social service agencies, area faith groups and churches, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and high school and college student organizations.

We need your help again this year! Food AND Medicine is holding a fundraising AUCTION to raise money for Solidarity Harvest on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 4:30 PM at the Solidarity Center in Brewer. We are looking for donations of items or gift certificates to raise funds toward the purchase of the food for Solidarity Harvest.

If you’ve got a small business, this is a great opportunity to reach new customers while supporting a worthy cause! Items will be well-publicized on social media and our website, and there will be local media coverage of the event.

We’d also love for you to join us at the auction, where you can get some great deals and also some one-of-a-kind items.

A few of the organizations and businesses that have already donated an item this year include:

  • Chicago Bears
  • Penobscot Theater
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Stonewall Kitchen
  • Waterfront Concerts
  • Allagash Brewery

Please contact us if you’d like to donate an item. Food AND Medicine is a 501c(3), so donated items will be fully tax-deductible. Call 207-989-5860, or email


Weekly Congressional Office Visits WORK!

June 20, 2017

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 […]

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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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