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Solidarity Harvest receives $5,000 matching grant

BREWER, Maine —  Solidarity Harvest, a project sponsored by Food AND Medicine and the Eastern and Western Maine Labor Councils, is an effort to support and show solidarity to families facing lay-offs and other hardships at Thanksgiving. They plan to deliver meals to 1,000 families across the state.

Solidarity Harvest has received a matching grant of $5000 from the McTeague Higbee law firm of Topsham, to help reach the $30,000 fundraising goal.

Union locals across the state have committed over $10,000 and Manna Industries of Bangor has promised 1,000 turkeys the weekend before Thanksgiving. Bangor Savings Bank,  has also agreed to sponsor the project in the amount of $1,000.

Matching funds must be met before Thursday, Nov. 15, to ensure all the recipients receive their meals. Law firms, businesses and organizations who want to contribute to the McTeague/Higbee match can contact Erin Sweeney at or call 207-989-5860.

Sponsoring groups are encouraged to make tax-deductible donations in the amounts of $5000, $1000, $500 or $100 and be recognized as Golden, Silver, Bronze or Pewter sponsors. All sponsors over $200 will have their logos printed on the union-made meal bags. Individuals can chose to “Sponsor a Family” for $30 (the cost of one meal). Donations can be directed to Food AND Medicine, JwJ Education Fund at 20 Ivers St, Brewer ME 04412.

For more information about the project, please contact Food AND Medicine at 989-5860 or






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