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Food AND Medicine’s mission is to organize, educate, and empower workers and our communities in the fight for economic and social justice. Food AND Medicine believes that by working together with unions, farmers, community groups, small businesses, and faith-based organizations we will create solutions and positive change.

What we do

Food AND Medicine is a grassroots member-based organization that works to address the root causes of poverty. We strive to:

  • Empower and involve those directly affected, to take an active, leadership role in bringing awareness and change.
  • Be informed by a knowledge of our community gained through research, listening and outreach.
  • Facilitate and sponsor events and educational programs, legislative and workplace organizing campaigns, and creation of alternative economic and cultural structures.
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Why we do it

We believe it is an outrage for people in the richest country in the world to be forced to choose between food, medicine or other basic necessities.

We launched in 2002 after an avalanche of mill closures in Eastern Maine to provide support for laid-off union workers. We began with an aggressive, creative campaign to win health care benefits for workers laid off from Trade Adjustment Assistance certified plant closings, the first ever benefits of its kind in the US. As public consciousness of the reality of laid off workers grew, politicians, media, union members, and other concerned citizens all responded to assist union members by donating to give direct aid to laid off workers.

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Who we are

Food AND Medicine has over 500 annual members, primarily in Maine but also people across the country with a Maine connection. We are a diverse coalition of union members, workers and farmers; low-income community members; members of most faith and political beliefs; seniors, students and people of different abilities - all connected by a belief that nobody should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities.

Our name is inspired by the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lowell, Massachusetts. This historic, extremely violent strike was pivotal in worker rights. The term, Bread and Roses refers to the right of working people to have not only food or necessities (bread) but also nice things in life (roses).

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Become A Member

There are many ways you can support and/or participate in our activities.  A good place to start is becoming a member of Food AND Medicine.

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WHAT'S NEW

Solidarity Harvest was a success!

With over 150 partner organizations including unions, nonprofits and faith groups, we distributed 1304 meal baskets this year to Mainers in hard times. Over 500 volunteers of all ages from over a hundred groups came together to help assemble the baskets during Sort Week.

We talked to all 500+ volunteers and included information in each meal basket about how this program is "solidarity, not charity" and highlighted the work that we do all year. One meal basket is not enough to make lasting change to Maine's food insecurity levels.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, grew or made food for the baskets or volunteers, and to those who accepted the baskets - in solidarity.

Pastor Eric Moll from Redeemer Lutheran Church speaks to volunteers about food insecurity.
Pastor Eric Moll from Redeemer Lutheran Church speaks to volunteers about food insecurity.

WHAT'S NEXT

Fall/Winter 2019 Events

2nd Annual Hot Wing Challenge Fundraiser

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6pm, at Mason's Brewing Company, 15 Hardy Street, Brewer.

  • Sign a waiver...
  • Eat 6 wings covered in sauce made with the hottest peppers you can imagine (the peppers were grown in our greenhouse!)
  • Endure a 6 minute burn period, if you can handle it.
  • Win prizes and bragging rights!
  • Mason's will donate a portion of the proceeds from 6-8pm to Food AND Medicine!

Bangor's (former) Mayor Sarah Nichols finding her happy place in 2018's Wing Challenge.

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