Solidarity Harvest began in 2003 as a response to a landslide of mill closings that left thousands of workers without jobs. Since then unions, farmers, faith communities, volunteer organizations and businesses have come together each year to provide locally grown and purchased food to laid-off workers and families who have hit hard times.
Food purchased for the baskets is grown or produced primarily by small farms and bakeries here in Maine. Local sourcing provides families with high quality food, supports local farms and keeps funding here in our communities, building a healthier economy for all.
On November 21st last year, Cindy, Doris and Elizabeth, in Cindy's car, traveled to the Solidarity Harvest workplace in Brewer with 123 packages of rolls (6 rolls per bag) from Charles Galemmo at York County Community College, a bushel of apples donated by Randall's Farms in Gorham, stopping in Auburn to pick up 506 loaves of freshly baked pumpkin bread from Austin Perrault at Central Maine Community College. Meg Hutchins Broderick at Southern Maine Community College contributed 300 dozen dinner rolls. The Southern Maine Labor Council donated about 100 boxes of stuffing from their meetings. Cindy, Doris and Elizabeth worked alongside many others to stuff bags of food to be delivered for Thanksgiving dinners.