Fighting Hunger with a Meal

Photo The Calais High School National Honor Society and Student Council present Len Hanson from the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry with a check for $1145 at last year's Hunger Games. This year's event will take place on May 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Calais High School Cafeteria. (2016 photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

By Kaileigh Deacon

Many benefit dinners are held all the time for various reasons and varying degrees of success. The Calais High School Student Council for the last four years has hosted the Hunger Games, a meal of chance and luck with a wide ranging menu. 

The Student Council is ready to host this event for the fifth year as all the preparations are coming to a close and the event is fast approaching. Students have been busy contacting local restaurants to help prepare the meals as well as selling tickets to the event.  They also have been busy working to line up entertainment as well as a guest speaker for the dinner. This year’s speaker hasn’t been finalized, but as with previous years the speaker will talk about the importance of nutrition and making sure that kids and everyone gets the food they need. 

The meals offered will range anywhere from ramen noodles all the way to a surf and turf meal. The meals are provided by local businesses as well as the Culinary Arts program at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center. Every year the students of the Culinary Arts Program get the chance to showcase the skills of cooking and presentation by providing the surf and turf meal in the top tier table. 

As with previous years all the proceeds from the Hunger Games dinner go toward supporting the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Last year the dinner raised close to $1200 that went right back into the community as well as collecting nonperishable items that went to the food pantry. 

You can purchase tickets to the Hunger Games from a Student Council member for $10. There are a limited number of tickets so get them while you can. The Hunger Games will be held on Monday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the Calais High School cafeteria. Don’t forget to bring something for the food pantry and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”