As we near the fiscal cliff, folks across the country are weighing in on what needs to be done.In Brewer, members of Food and Medicine stressed the importance of protecting Maine’s social programs.During a press conference Monday, they argued cutting budgets for benefits like Medicaid and Medicare would only hurt Mainers at a time when they are already struggling.”People are choosing between food and medicine. We saw that we gave over 8,000 Thanksgiving meals. That’s 1,100 baskets to Mainers and we talked to many of those folks. They sent in thank you cards. People are really struggling in our community,” said Jack McKay, President of the Eastern Maine Labor Council. If lawmakers fail to strike a deal before the end of the year, tax hikes and program cuts will take effect.