BANGOR- The 17th annual Solidarity Harvest to help Maine’s hungry took place today.
Nearly one in five Mainers are food insecure and just under 15% are on SNAP.
To fight against that food insecurity, Food And Medicine has organized the 17th annual Solidarity Harvest, to bring Thanksgiving baskets to families statewide.
The baskets are created by volunteers and are sent to people thanks to the help of more than 50 organizations and unions throughout the state.
“So we all know that sitting down to a warm meal with all the fixings with family is a tradition that we love and we cherish for all the feelings that it brings. And the turkey drive and the Solidarity Harvest with all of our partners create an opportunity for people to have that experience who just would not if we didn’t do this,” President and C.E.O of Penquis Kara Hay said.
“About $49,000 of the money we raise goes to local farms and food producers in the state of Maine. So our goal is to support that economy, support those local farmers,” Food And Medicine Director Jack McKay said.
The Solidarity Harvest began in 2003 as a way to help workers who had been laid off by because of mill closings and has grown into a statewide initiative
Last year, the harvest had the help of over 400 volunteers statewide who helped create the baskets and deliver them to families dealing with food insecurities
For more information or to get involved in the next Solidarity Harvest, please contact Food And Medicine staff at (207) 989-5860.