BELFAST — In years when the Belfast Community Co-op is profitable, its board of directors has an opportunity to give some of those profits back to the owners with what they call a “patronage dividend.” This year, according to a post on the Co-op’s Facebook page, the owners opted to donate  their dividend — over $3,000 — to the PFAS Emergency Action Fund.

“We heard you loud and clear this spring that the PFAS crisis was important to you and we prioritized supporting it,” the board announced on Facebook. “We hope this donation of over $3,000 can continue to support the farmers in Maine whose health and land and livelihood have been compromised by these forever chemicals.”

The post invited readers to “hear from the farmers and find out how to support the PFAS fund” at