$3,550 Grant Awarded to Food for Thought

By Lura Jackson


Presenting a check to Helen Messemer-Thomas of Calais Food for Thought is Father Kevin Martin (left) of the Immaculate Conception Church and Deacon Al Burleigh of Catholic Charities. The group received a grant for $3,550 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. (Submitted photo.)

The approximately eighty volunteers of Calais Food for Thought have been awarded with a $3,550 grant as part of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for their efforts in coordinating free-of-charge community events focusing on nutrition and learning. 

“We are delighted and appreciative of Catholic Charities for their generous support of our program,” Helen Messemer-Thomas said upon receiving the award. She noted that Calais Food for Thought would not be possible without the support of area organizations such as Washington County Community College, the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, and the St. Croix Regional Technical Center. She also commended the participation of the resourceful volunteers that help to organize the events along with the assistance of local churches. 

The first Calais Food for Thought event was a tremendous success with eighty registrants who signed up to attend a one-night workshop at WCCC. The workshop included a free meal prepared by the students of SCRTC and the opportunity for children to participate in their own meal-making experience. Future events are planned in two month intervals, with guest speakers from the UMaine Cooperative Extension, as well as the Community Caring Collaborative scheduled to give brief, but informative, presentations.


All families with children up to age 12 are invited to attend the events, which are offered at no cost. To sign up, send an e-mail to calaisfoodforthought@yahoo.com.