Forty-two restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors and food trucks are offering yellow food and drink items in July and donating proceeds to Finding Our Voices. Diners can order “Into the Light” menu items in Searsport, Belfast, Lincolnville, Islesboro, Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston, Spruce Head, Monroe and Bath.
Finding Our Voices is the survivor-powered grassroots nonprofit boldly breaking the silence of domestic abuse across Maine. All money raised through “Into the Light!” will pay for shelter, car, legal and food to get and keep women and children safe, offsetting the financial abuse that is a main factor in keeping them trapped in dangerous home situations.
Why yellow? The group’s founder/president Patrisha McLean said that yellow is the color of Finding Our Voices “because we have managed to escape domestic abuse and are empowering our sisters to cross over to the bright side of safety and freedom.” McLean added, “We also shine a light to alert the general public as to how pervasive, complicated, and insidious it is, and that way more money, consideration and resources need to be funneled to victims.”
The yellow menu items for July’s “Into the Light!” include the Yellow Velvet corn and squash soup at Primo in Rockland, Lemon Tiramisu from Dot’s in Lincolnville, Creme Brulee at Fresh & Co. in Camden, Sunny Coast Martini from In Good Company in Rockland, Ease My Pain cocktail from Blue Barren in Camden, and Lemon Curt Tartlet from Nina June in Rockport, to name but a few.
Artist Julie Crane created the logo. A number of local businesses and individuals have also made the event possible through their generous sponsorships.
“To be in domestic abuse is to be unseen and unheard,” said Finding Our Voices’ Patrisha McLean. “You feel small and insignificant and alone. So to have so many of the community’s star chefs, businesses, and artists stepping up for survivors is powerful and beautiful indeed.”
For a complete list of participating establishments, visit https://findingourvoices.net/into-the-light-foodie-fiesta