Solidarity Harvest Benefit Concert with Noel Paul Stookey

September 18, 2017

November 4, 2017 at 7 pm

Brewer Performing Arts Center, 92 Pendleton Street, Brewer

Call 800-838-3006 ext 1 for tickets or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086090

Tickets are $25 for standard seats; premier seating (center section) with meet & greet reception after the concert for $50 or front row with meet & greet for $100. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2017

CONTACT: Jack McKay (207) 989-4141

Noel Paul Stookey to Perform Benefit Concert in Brewer

Legendary singer/songwriter Noel Paul Stookey, an independent artist who is a founding member of the world-renowned folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, will perform a benefit concert for Food AND Medicine’s Solidarity Harvest on Saturday, November 4, at 7 pm at Brewer Performing Arts Center, 92 Pendleton Street, Brewer, Maine.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006, ext. 1 or online www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3086090.

Stookey, who settled in Maine more than forty years ago, writes and performs music that celebrates social justice with a focus on making this world a better place. He has recorded at least 45 albums and proceeds from one of his original compositions, The Wedding Song, were used to create a foundation to promote music to help achieve social and political justice.

Food AND Medicine began Solidarity Harvest in 2002 to provide laid-off union workers and their families locally-sourced Thanksgiving meal baskets. The unions gave the baskets to their members, showing that even though they may have lost their jobs, they didn’t lose their union. The program has expanded from its original target of laid-off union members to include people helped by nonprofits, churches, service and recovery organizations, such as Penquis, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and more. This year, Solidarity Harvest is providing 1,300 baskets to families in hard times in all 16 counties in Maine.

“Solidarity Harvest brings together unions, farms, churches and nonprofits in an act of solidarity, not charity by working together to support and strengthen each other,” says Jack McKay, director and one of the founders of Food AND Medicine.

Over 400 volunteers are expected to participate in preparing the baskets, in what is referred to as “Sort Week” November 14-21. More than 30 farms provided more than 43,000 pounds of produce, from apples to turnips, for the program. Food AND Medicine does not request donations or negotiate prices with the farmers; the farmers’ requested price is what is paid, in order to support the farm economy.

Each basket also contains a loaf of pumpkin bread baked by local churches, bakeries and community colleges. A box of stuffing mix is the only processed item that is included in the baskets. The stuffing is collected via a stuffing drive by a union in Southern Maine, and Lots of Tots, a child care provider in Princeton. The turkeys for the basket are donated by Penquis, following a fundraiser with WABI.

“Penquis is pleased to support Food AND Medicine’s efforts to provide Thanksgiving baskets to families facing financial instability this holiday season. We are proud to be part of this community collaboration that provides relief during a time of year when people often have to choose between food, heat, and medicine. But, more than a meal, the baskets represent families, and the community, coming together.”

Solidarity Harvest is organized by Food and Medicine and sponsored by the Eastern, Western and Southern Maine Labor Councils. Brewer non-profit, Food AND Medicine, founded in 2002 on the premise that nobody should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities.

For more information, contact Jack McKay at 207-989-4141, or email Jack@foodandmedicine.org. Find Food AND Medicine on Facebook and Twitter, or at www.foodandmedicine.org.

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