Giving Thanks to Laid Off Workers 

Some laid off workers will have a happier thanksgiving, thanks to the Eastern Maine Labor Council and the group Food and Medicine.240 food baskets were delivered Monday to families in Baileyville, Guilford, Millinocket, and the Bangor-Brewer area.Each one includes a turkey, fresh veggies, rolls, butter, cider, and pumpkin pie.The Eastern Maine Labor Council says this year is their largest solidarity harvest yet. They spent more than four thousand dollars at local businesses and farms to get the items for the baskets. “We hope that its supporting our local agriculture, building that up and at the same time, that we’re helping out people who are, workers that can’t find jobs right now,” Said Laura Binger with Food and Medicine “The people in the paper mill have always been the people who’ve given,” Said Kevin Gregory. “They’ve never had to ask. That’s the hardest thing is having to swallow your pride and say, ‘Yeah, I need some help.'”This year the solidarity harvest has expanded its list to include child care providers subsidized by the state.