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 people. We added items to the baskets this year for the first time, like fresh local cider and beets. Almost 400 people volunteered their time to help put it all together, many bringing their children. Check out the Solidarity Harvest Media tab to see the local news and print media coverage!
  • Our Transportation for All team organized “Ride the Bus! Month” to increase awareness and public use of the Bangor bus system. We have gained the support of members of the Bangor City Council, and a commitment from the Community Connector Superintendent to make a series of minor improvements to the bus system. This coalition team is comprised of Community Connector riders, as well as clergy, representatives of the Amalgamated Transit Union (Community Connector bus drivers) Local 714, PENQUIS CAP and others. In 2016 we plan to keep working on improving the bus system, with a goal of expanding bus service into the evenings and on Sundays.
  • Through grants and fundraising, we are able to offer SNAP recipients a significant discount at three local farmers’ markets – 50% at Brewer; 50% at Ohio Street, which is also running a winter market for the first time this year; and 25% at Bangor, which is also open during the winter. SNAP discounts encourage more people to shop at the markets, supporting local farms. Food AND Medicine pays the discounted amount to the farmers’ market associations, so that the farmers receive their full price, while SNAP recipients enjoy healthy, local food. It’s such a great program!
  • Our Child Care Team is organizing providers and allies to work with Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to improve an onerous application process for the Child Care Subsidy Program.
  • Our Jobs Team is working to connect people seeking better work with agencies that provide education and resources. We were also heavily involved in the effort to increase the minimum wage in Bangor, which was approved by the Bangor City Council on December 15, 2015!

We’ve got lots of plans for 2016 already in the works. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date news and event information. If you’d like to become a member and get on our email distribution list, please click here to Donate, or you can email FAM@foodandmedicine.org, or call us at 207-989-5860. We hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy 2016!

 

13th Annual Solidarity Harvest

November 24, 2015

As of Tuesday afternoon, 11/24, we have almost completed deliveries/pick-ups of all 1200 meal baskets. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers generously gave of their time to help pull it all together; we couldn’t do it alone! More details on this year’s project will be posted soon. Look for us on Facebook and Twitter, and […]

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Volunteers Needed for Solidarity Harvest!

November 3, 2015

Fresh local food should be a right, not a luxury.  This is true especially for Thanksgiving where our traditions teach us to share the bounty with everyone in our community – not just the rich.  Solidarity Harvest is a way to show solidarity with our struggling brothers and sisters, to ensure that they and their […]

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Solidarity Harvest 2015

October 6, 2015

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 […]

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We are seeking a Community Organizer!

September 10, 2015

Food AND Medicine (FAM) is currently hiring for a new Community Organizer to join our staff team. This full-time, salaried position focuses on building collective action for FAM’s programs related to economic justice issues, and coordinating development and fundraising activities for the organization.See full job posting here. Please share this opening with anyone you feel would […]

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Share strategies with front line organizer from India

August 6, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, August 17, 3:30pm “Solidarity for Building a Life-Enhancing Society” An international community organizing skill share and solidarity visit with William Stanley of WIDA in Koraput, India At the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Sponsored by ​Food AND Medicine, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Power In Community Alliances […]

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Food AND Medicine is Hiring

June 15, 2015

Food AND Medicine is looking for two new people to join our staff team! We are currently hiring for two Americorps positions: Economic Opportunities Organizer: This position focuses on supporting the leadership and voice of people experiencing food insecurity through our Community Supported Farmers’ Market program and Food Access Committee. See full job posting here. […]

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Sign Up for a Happytown Farm Share

April 10, 2015

Are you looking for healthy, local, farm-fresh food this season? Simplify your summer and join FAM’s Union-Supported Agriculture (USA) program by purchasing a share!   USA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and members who share in the risk and bounty of sustainable agriculture. Happy Town Farm supplies vegetables and cut […]

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CSA Fair 2015

February 16, 2015

Come to the 2015 CSA Fair!  

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25% SNAP Match at the Winter Farmers Market!

December 9, 2014

FAM is offering our 25% SNAP/EBT Match again this winter season at the Winter Farmers Market downtown at the Sea Dog! Join us to visit your favorite farmers in the cozy & warm banquet space at the Sea Dog on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 11-1, all the way to April! […]

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