About Us

“Solidarity is not a matter of sentiment but a fact, cold and impassive as the granite foundations of a skyscraper. If the basic elements, identity of interest, clarity of vision, honesty of intent, and oneness of purpose, or any of these is lacking, all sentimental pleas for solidarity, and all other efforts to achieve it will be barren of results.”
–Eugene V. Debs

Food AND Medicine is a grassroots member-based organization that works to address the root causes of poverty. We believe it is an outrage that people in the richest country in the world are forced to choose between food, medicine, and other basic necessities.

Food AND Medicine was founded in 2002 in response to an avalanche of Trade Adjustment Assistance certified mill closures in Eastern Maine, which left some 3,000 union workers without jobs, healthcare or social support. FAM emerged to provide direct support for these workers and began an aggressive and creative campaign to win health care benefits for these workers, and helped pass the Maine Jobs, Trade and Democracy Act.

Since then, we have launched numerous campaigns to address poverty and food insecurity at their core, including Solidarity Harvest, Transportation for All, the Food Access Committee’s Community Gardens, and our Civic Engagement programs.

Our guiding principle is solidarity, not charity. Our aim is to empower and involve those directly affected by poverty and food insecurity, to take an active, leadership role in bringing awareness and change. Rather than seeking simply to provide temporary relief, we seek to create the changes needed so no one is forced to choose between food, medicine, or other basic necessities.

Our mission statement:

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

Learn more about our programs, our staff, board of directors and our 20th Anniversary documentary short in the menus above.