Food for Thought Kicks Off Fall Series with Focus on Nutrition

By Lura Jackson

After a brief hiatus from its regular schedule for the summer, the popular Calais Food for Thought series will soon be resuming. The first event of the fall series is scheduled to be on September 12th, and it will feature a presentation on nutrition for families with young children by Alan Majka of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

All families with children under the age of 12 are invited to attend the presentation, which is offered at no cost. There will be a nutritious meal provided for all to enjoy. While parents listen and watch the presentation on nutrition, children will engage in hands-on activities that incorporate them into the process of choosing, planning, and preparing healthy foods. All families that register will receive a free crockpot and children will receive a book. 

The Calais Food for Thought program began earlier this year as a result of a group effort by community volunteers to bring informative and enjoyable events to the area as a way to empower families and improve their quality of life. Since its inception it has continually grown in momentum, prompting other organizations to consider it as a potential model for other communities.

As a result of Calais Food for Thought’s success, lead organizer Helen Messemer-Thomas has been invited by the Portland Diocese to present two workshops on the topic of empowerment to nonprofit and relief organizations from across the state.


The upcoming Food for Thought presentation will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:15 at Washington County Community College in the gym. To register, email, listing the number of adults and number of kids (including children’s ages).