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United Way Luncheon To Benefit Area Food Pantries

SANDY CREEK, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to help them combat hunger in Oswego County by sharing lunch with your friends and neighbors at the United Way’s first ever Stone Soup Luncheon in Sandy Creek.

Hosted by Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, 2031 Harwood Drive, just off Route 81 exit 37, the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drawing upon the agency’s theme of ‘Live United’ the United Way invites community members to gather with friends to enjoy a delicious lunch of Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County’s struggling food pantries.

Lois Luber (right), resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County board member and Superintendent of the Pulaski School District Dr. Marshall Marshall (left) and Executive Director of Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County, Penny Kimball at the RMMOC food pantry to discuss the need for food in the area.

Lois Luber (right), resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County board member and Superintendent of the Pulaski School District Dr. Marshall Marshall (left) and Executive Director of Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County, Penny Kimball at the RMMOC food pantry to discuss the need for food in the area.

The story of Stone Soup dates back to an event that took place in post-war Europe when the residents of an impoverished village all donated what they could to make a delicious meal that could feed the whole village. The moral of Stone Soup is that working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved. “We hope that our Stone Soup Luncheon will raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and help fill the shelves of food pantries in this area,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber.

A number of local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary. Soups are being provided by: Eddy’s Place Restaurant, The River House Restaurant, Rainbow Shores Restaurant, and the Sandy Pond Steak House.  Other local businesses including TC Brewsters, Wal-Mart in Central Square and the Sandy Creek Big M are providing salad fixings, fresh rolls and butter, coffee and cookies and Top’s Market is providing cake for dessert.

The luncheon is open to the public, with United Way accepting donations of $5 per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the Pulaski Community Ministries Food Pantry, the Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard, the Richland / Rural & Migrant Ministries Food Pantry and the Lacona / North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen. Attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items, as the United Way will be collecting donations for those food pantries as well. “We appreciate the United Way’s efforts. There are always families that need food, and we at Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County (RMMOC) strive to serve people who aren’t getting served in other ways, said Superintendent of the Pulaski School District and RMMOC board member, Dr. Marshall Marshall. “I look forward to welcoming a large number of community members at the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon.”
 
Community members wishing to donate fresh produce from their garden are welcome to do so by bringing their donations to the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church by Sept. 17 from 9 –11 a.m.

Those unable to attend the luncheon, but would like to donate food items, may contact Peggy Manchester at 387-5539 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

Area Eateries Support United Way Luncheon

SANDY CREEK, NY – The United Way’s first ever Stone Soup luncheon in Sandy Creek is receiving some solid support from area restaurants and other businesses as committee members prepare the luncheon menu.

Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber (left), meets with Paula and Ed Ward of Eddy’s Place Restaurant in Pulaski, to plan the menu for the agency’s Stone Soup Luncheon.

Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber (left), meets with Paula and Ed Ward of Eddy’s Place Restaurant in Pulaski, to plan the menu for the agency’s Stone Soup Luncheon.

According to Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way, Eddy’s Place Restaurant, The River House Restaurant, Rainbow Shores Restaurant, and the Sandy Pond Steak House will provide soups for the luncheon. “We are appreciative of the support we are receiving for our Stone Soup luncheon. The concern that these businesses are demonstrating for their community is commendable,” said Luber.

Paula and Ed Ward of Eddy’s Place Restaurant, 3866 Rome Road in Pulaski, who are donating soup, are excited about the event. “When Lois asked us for a donation to the luncheon we thought, what a great idea. Ed’s soups have become quite popular in this area and his cream of mushroom soup, which will be served at the luncheon, is probably the most popular and requested soup we serve,” Paula said.

“The United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon is a fantastic, yet simple way to fundraise for our local food pantries.  There is always a need for this service and having an affordable, simple luncheon for the public is a great way to do it. We are happy to be a part of it and I encourage everyone to come out to support this worthy cause,” she added.

Open to the public, the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, 2031 Harwood Drive, just off Route 81 exit 37.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the Pulaski Community Ministries Food Pantry, the Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard, the Richland / Rural & Migrant Ministries Food Pantry, and the Lacona / North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen. Attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items, as the United Way will be collecting donations for those food pantries as well.

“We are still welcoming sponsors and donations from local businesses wishing to be a part of our Stone Soup Luncheon.  Community members who would like to donate fresh produce from their garden are welcome to do so by bringing their donations to the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church on Sept. 17 from 9 –11 a.m.,” added Luber.

Those unable to attend the luncheon, but would like to donate food items, may contact Peggy Manchester at 387-5539 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information, call 593-1900.

United Way Salutes Volunteers Of The Year

OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recently presented the Spirit of Community Award to the committee members and volunteers of the United Way’s Stone Soup and Stone Soup Too luncheons.

The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented committee members and volunteers for the Stone Soup and Stone Soup Too luncheons with the Spirit of Community Award. From left are: Jim Mahoney; Kathleen Fenlon, executive director of the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau; Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising and the Fulton Lions Club; and Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The United Way of Greater Oswego County presented committee members and volunteers for the Stone Soup and Stone Soup Too luncheons with the Spirit of Community Award. From left are: Jim Mahoney; Kathleen Fenlon, executive director of the Oswego City / County Youth Bureau; Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising and the Fulton Lions Club; and Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County.

The award is presented annually to volunteers who care and want to make a difference in their community.

Tammy Holden of Entergy presented the award.

“Those involved with the Stone Soup project have made a significant impact on our community. Entergy is honored to have the opportunity to present the Spirit of Community award to the volunteers, small business owners and organizations that have worked so hard to make the project a success,” she said.

Last year’s Stone Soup luncheons raised $7,000 and collected 10 vans full of food for Oswego County food pantries.

United Way Brings ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon To Fulton

Written by: John DeRousie / Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – With the need for food subsidy increasing and food pantries throughout Oswego County being hard pressed to meet the growing demand, the United Way of Greater Oswego County is doing its part to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to help fill the shelves of our area food pantries.

On March 22, the United Way will hold its third annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon in Fulton.

Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s third annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon meet to finalize details for the event. From left are: Steve Chirello, Sue Witmer, Lori Lyons, Michele Sherman, Karen Hubel, Jo-Lyn Phillips, Cathy Trowbridge and Nick Dunsmore. Absent are committee members Helen Hoefer, Jan Rebeor, Stephanie Langdon and Jonathan Gilmore.

Committee members for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s third annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon meet to finalize details for the event. From left are: Steve Chirello, Sue Witmer, Lori Lyons, Michele Sherman, Karen Hubel, Jo-Lyn Phillips, Cathy Trowbridge and Nick Dunsmore. Absent are committee members Helen Hoefer, Jan Rebeor, Stephanie Langdon and Jonathan Gilmore.

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., the luncheon will draw upon the agency’s theme of ‘Live United’ as the United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends and enjoy a delicious lunch of ‘Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County’s struggling food pantries.

“With the success of last year’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon we thought it would be a great idea to continue the luncheon and make it an annual event,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber. “There is a dire need for food subsidy in our county. It is becoming increasingly difficult for our food pantries to meet this need. Our goal with the ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon is to not only raise awareness of this problem, but raise funds and provide food pantries in Oswego County with additional food.”

“The story of Stone Soup dates back to an event that took place in post-war Europe when the residents of an impoverished village all donated what they could to make a delicious meal that could feed the whole village. The moral of Stone Soup is that working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved,” explained Luber. “It is a reflection of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept.  We are all connected. When you reach out and help someone in need that action has an effect that reverberates throughout the community. By supporting the United Way you not only bring comfort to those in need, you help inspire others to lend their support and ultimately enable us and our member agencies to serve even more families and individuals.”

“Our Stone Soup Too Luncheon is an excellent example of this, as a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary.  Mimi’s, Blue Moon Grill, and The Foursome Dinner will be providing our soups; Dunkin’ Donuts is donating ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms will be providing the salads; Red Baron will provide rolls; Kathy’s Cakes and Joe’s Corner Market are donating cookies; and cake will be provided by Springside at Seneca Hill. There will even be table arrangements featuring canned soups, courtesy of Struppler’s Shurfine Market, that will be donated to the food pantries following the luncheon. In addition, the Fulton Lions Club has donated $500 for the purchase of food for our local food pantries. We have also received a number of items from local businesses so that those who attend will have the opportunity to be awarded a door prize every 15 minutes,” added Luber.

The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries.

Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Fulton and Oswego Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

“Our food pantries are really feeling a strain this year and it is becoming especially challenging for them as they try to meet the demand for food subsidy throughout Oswego County,” added Luber. “The food collected, and the money raised at our ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon will be greatly appreciated.”

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program, at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information, call 593-1900.

United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon a Success

OSWEGO, NY – We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s Annual Stone Soup Luncheon.  The event was a perfect example of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept as the community came together to help our area food pantries.

We would especially like to thank the Oswego Lions Club for its generous donation of $500 to Oswego County’s food pantries; the caring businesses who donated the food for our delicious luncheon, The American Foundry, Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, C’s Farms, Bosco & Geers, Davis Bros., Tim Horton’s, Cakes Galore, and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services; and those who donated door prizes, Pat Benjamin, Patz on the River, Key Bank, Queenie O’Neil-Sands and the Central Square Wal-Mart.

We would also like to thank the many businesses who donated food or hosted food drives; Oswego Health, 24-Hour Record Retriever & Abstract, Inc., Oswego Wal-Mart, Oswego Price Chopper, Paul’s Big M, and Giovanni Foods; our dedicated volunteers, Dan Hoefer, Bernie Henderson, Coach Diane Dillon and members of the SUNY Oswego Laker Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Laree Pease, O’Neil-Sands, Amanda Race and Marion Ciciarelli, our committee members; chair Jim Mahoney, Shawn Seale, Helen Hoefer, and Benjamin, who helped prepare, serve and clean-up after the event which was graciously hosted by St. Joseph’s Church in its parish center.

Their desire to support our local food pantries is a wonderful expression of dedication to their community, their concern for others and their willingness to ‘Live United.’

Our Stone Soup Luncheon raised more than $1,070 and collected dozens of boxes of non-perishable foods for food pantries at the Oswego and Fulton Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

Thank you for being a part of our fifth annual Stone Soup Luncheon.

It was great to see the smiles on familiar faces and first timers as they brought in their food donations.

This event shows the caring nature of our community at its best!

Sincerely,
Melanie Trexler, executive director
Lois Luber, resource development director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Local Eateries Support ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon

OSWEGO, NY – Local eateries, restaurants and food stores throughout Oswego County are doing their part to help make this year’s Annual United Way Stone Soup Luncheon the best ever.

Scheduled for Thursday, the luncheon, which is open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish Center on West First Street.

The event serves as a fundraiser to help stock the shelves of food pantries throughout Oswego County.

Resource Development Director with the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber meets with Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant (left) and Tom Vona of Vona’s Restaurant to discuss the menu for the ‘Stone Soup’ luncheon.

Resource Development Director with the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber meets with Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant (left) and Tom Vona of Vona’s Restaurant to discuss the menu for the ‘Stone Soup’ luncheon.

“Our Annual Stone Soup Luncheon is a reflection of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber. “We are all connected. When you reach out and help someone in need that action has an effect that reverberates throughout the community. By supporting the United Way you not only bring comfort to those in need, you help inspire others to lend their support and ultimately enable us and our member agencies to serve even more families and individuals.”

“Thanks to the support we’ve received from area businesses, such as Canale’s Restaurant and Vona’s Restaurant who have supported us for the past five years, and the efforts of our wonderful planning committee, chaired by Jim Mahoney, attendees can look forward to enjoying a delicious luncheon with their friends and neighbors, and helping to feed those in need in our community,” she added.

For a $5 donation, attendees will enjoy a tasty lunch featuring delicious homemade Italian Wedding soup from Vona’s Restaurant as well as soups from Canale’s Restaurant, and the American Foundry, salad courtesy of C’s Farms, fresh baked rolls from Bosco & Geers, desserts from Cakes Galore and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services and fresh brewed hot coffee from Tim Horton’s.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to food pantries throughout Oswego County to help them meet the increased demand for food subsidy this holiday season and beyond.

Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant, a long time supporter of the United Way, is happy to be a part of the luncheon and is looking forward to the event.

“The United Way’s holiday luncheon is a great way for the community to come together and support the United Way’s efforts at this important time of the year. Giving to the United Way is a great way to have an impact on numerous programs that serve those in need right here in Oswego County.”

Committee chair and United Way board member Mahoney echoed those thoughts.

“With the increased demand that our food pantries will be facing this holiday season we are hoping that our holiday luncheon will help them meet that demand,” said Mahoney. “In addition to the $5 donation we are asking attendees to please bring non-perishable food items that we can give to the food pantries as well so that the food pantries can keep their shelves stocked throughout the holidays.”

The luncheon will also feature plenty of great door prizes donated from area businesses including $25 gift cards from Key Bank and a number of gift certificates.

For more information, call 593-1900.

United Way ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon To Aid Local Food Pantries

OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host the fifth annual Stone Soup Luncheon on Nov. 18 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.

The United Way invites community members to come together to enjoy and kick-off the holiday season with a luncheon that will aid local food pantries.

Food pantries throughout Oswego County are feeling a strain this year and the holiday season will be prove to be especially challenging as they struggle to meet the increased demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.

The United Way will be accepting a donation of $5 per person to enjoy a delicious luncheon of Stone Soup.

Committee members prepare to make “Stone Soup” for the United Way’s annual luncheon.  From left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, committee chairperson, Jim Mahoney, resource development director of the United Way Lois Luber, Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant, Reverend Andrew Baranski of St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s churches, Tom Vona of Vona’s Restaurant and Brenda Zumwalt of St Joseph’s Church. Absent from the photo are Pat Benjamin and Helen Hoefer.

Committee members prepare to make “Stone Soup” for the United Way’s annual luncheon. From left are: Shawn Seale of Key Bank, committee chairperson, Jim Mahoney, resource development director of the United Way Lois Luber, Nick Canale Jr. of Canale’s Restaurant, Reverend Andrew Baranski of St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s churches, Tom Vona of Vona’s Restaurant and Brenda Zumwalt of St Joseph’s Church. Absent from the photo are Pat Benjamin and Helen Hoefer.

Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber, explains, “The story of Stone Soup dates back to an event that took place in post-war Europe when the residents of an impoverished village all contributed what they could to make a delicious meal that could feed the whole village. The moral of Stone Soup is that working together, with everyone contributing what they can a greater good can be achieved. It is a reflection of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept. We are all connected. When you reach out and help someone in need that action has an effect that reverberates throughout the community.”

The United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will also feature plenty of great door prizes, including a $25 gift cards from Key Bank and gift certificates to a number of area businesses.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food.

All proceeds from the event, as well as the food that is collected, will be donated to local food pantries including Human Concerns Center, the Oswego and Fulton Salvation Armies, Catholic Charities of Oswego County and Oswego Mental Health Association.

“Our Stone Soup Luncheon is an excellent example of the ‘Live United’ concept as a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary. Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant and the American Foundry are providing our ‘Stone Soup.’ C’s Farms is providing the fixings for our salads. Bosco and Geers will provide fresh baked rolls. Cakes Galore and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services are donating the desserts. And, Tim Horton’s will be providing fresh brewed hot coffee,” added Luber.

In addition to the Stone Soup Luncheon, the United Way will be placing donation boxes at various locations including Wal-Mart in Oswego, Oswego Health and the Oswego Price Chopper.

Food donations will be collected through Nov. 20 and distributed to food pantries at the Human Concerns Center and the Oswego Salvation Army.

The United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon is open to the public and will be start at 11:30 a.m.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program, at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information or to make reservations to attend the luncheon, call 593-1900 no later than Nov. 17.

United Way’s Stone Soup Too Luncheon A Success

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who lent their support to the United Way’s second annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon held recently at Holy Trinity Parish in Fulton.

From the large amount of people who attended, to the many businesses and organizations that helped make the event possible, our Stone Soup Too Luncheon was a perfect example of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept as the community came together to show their support for the United Way and help our area food pantries.

I would especially like to thank Mimi’s, Blue Moon Grill, and The Foursome Dinner for providing our soups; Dunkin’ Donuts for the ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms and Davis Brothers for our salad fixings; Red Baron who provided the rolls; Kathy’s Cakes, Joe’s Corner Market, Foursome Diner, and Springside at Seneca Hill for donating our delicious desserts; and Struppler’s Shurfine Market for contributing to our food drive.

Our Stone Soup Luncheon would not have been possible if not for the efforts of our committee members; Jo-Lynn Phillips and Stephanie Langdon of Oswego County Opportunities; Janet Rebeor of the city of Fulton Community Development Agency; Gina Camardello of the Fulton branch of Key Bank; Steve Chirello of Chirello Advertising; Karen Hubel of Blue Moon Grill; Lori Lyons and Michele Sherman of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Fulton; Jonathan Gilmore and Helen Hoefer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Cathy Trowbridge of the city of Fulton; Sue Witmer of Cayuga Community College, and Judy Young, along with a dedicated group of volunteers including Cassie Chilson, Michelle Rook, Eric Norrison, Erica Hughes, and Cathy Sipling of Cayuga Community College; Shelayna Snow of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Fulton; and Fulton councilman Jay Foster who helped prepare, serve and clean up after the event which was graciously hosted by Holy Trinity Parish.

Their desire to support the United Way of Greater Oswego County is a wonderful expression of their dedication to their community, their concern for others and their willingness to ‘Live United.’

Thanks to the support we received from community members who attended and the generous donations of $866 from Frontier Communications, $500 from the Fulton Lions Club, $50 from the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club, and the $100 raised during our food drive at Wal-Mart in Fulton, our second annual Stone Soup Too Luncheon raised more than $2,000 for food pantries in Oswego County.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Lois Luber
Resource Development Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Wal-Mart Aids United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’

FULTON, NY – The Wal-Mart Supercenter in Fulton lent its support to the United Way’s Second Annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon as it hosted a food drive recently to collect food for area pantries.

The Wal-Mart Supercenter recently hosted a food drive in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon. Standing from left are: volunteers: Michelle Sherman of Wal-Mart, Kaitlin Pekow, Jonathan Gilmore of Catholic Charities, and Linda Marlowe of Wal-Mart.

The Wal-Mart Supercenter recently hosted a food drive in support of the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon. Standing from left are: volunteers: Michelle Sherman of Wal-Mart, Kaitlin Pekow, Jonathan Gilmore of Catholic Charities, and Linda Marlowe of Wal-Mart.

Volunteers from Wal-Mart joined members of the luncheon planning committee as they collected donations of non-perishable food items, as well as monetary donations and invited community members to join them at the luncheon.

All donations will be used to help stock the shelves at local food pantries as the need for food subsidy in Oswego County continues to grow.

“We are very appreciative of Wal-Mart’s efforts to help us in our goal to provide our food pantries with some much-needed help,” said resource development director for the United Way, Lois Luber. “The management and employees of Wal-Mart are always willing to help us whenever they can. They care about their community and have truly embraced the United Way’s Live United concept.”

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., the luncheon will be held March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“The goal of our second annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon is to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to us help fill the shelves of our area food pantries,” Luber said.

According to Luber, a number a local eateries have come together to ensure that the United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too Luncheon’ will provide those who attend with a tasty lunch and a good time with their friends and neighbors.

The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries.

Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Fulton and Oswego Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

Those unable to attend the ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon, but would like to donate food items, may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program, at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information or to make reservations, call 593-1900.

‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon Set March 23

FULTON, NY – In an effort to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and help fill the shelves of area food pantries, the United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold its second annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon in Fulton on March 23.

Resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber, meets with chefs Chris Satchel of Mimi’s Drive-In (left), Bill Hubel of Blue Moon Grill (center) and Bob Mitsiell (right) of Foursome Diner to finalize the menu for the ‘Stone Soup’ Too Luncheon. Mimi’s will provide chicken noodle soup, while Blue Moon Grill will offer a cream soup, and Foursome Diner a minestrone soup along with the Greek specialty dessert baklava.

Resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber, meets with chefs Chris Satchel of Mimi’s Drive-In (left), Bill Hubel of Blue Moon Grill (center) and Bob Mitsiell (right) of Foursome Diner to finalize the menu for the ‘Stone Soup’ Too Luncheon. Mimi’s will provide chicken noodle soup, while Blue Moon Grill will offer a cream soup, and Foursome Diner a minestrone soup along with the Greek specialty dessert baklava.

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., the United Way’s ‘Stone Soup’ Too Luncheon will draw upon the agency’s theme of ‘Live United’ as the United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends, and enjoy a delicious lunch of ‘Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County’s struggling food pantries.

“With the success of last year’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon we thought it would be a great idea to turn it into an annual event,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “There is a dire need for food subsidy in our county. It is becoming increasingly difficult for our food pantries to meet this need. Our goal with the ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon is to not only raise awareness of this problem, but raise funds and provide food pantries in Oswego County with additional food.”

Luber said that the Stone Soup Too Luncheon is an excellent example of the United Way’s Live United theme, as a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary.

“Mimi’s, Blue Moon Grill, and The Foursome Dinner will be providing the soups; Dunkin’ Donuts is donating ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms and Davis Brothers will be providing the salads; Red Baron will provide rolls; Kathy’s Cakes and Joe’s Corner Market are donating cookies; and cake will be provided by Springside at Seneca Hill.

There will even be table arrangements featuring canned soups, courtesy of Struppler’s Shurfine Market, that will be donated to the food pantries following the luncheon.

In addition, the Fulton Lions Club has donated $500 for the purchase of food for the local food pantries.

The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries.

Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Fulton and Oswego Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program, at 598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information, or to make reservations, call 593-1900.

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Multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow will join three SUNY Oswego ensembles for free public concerts in at 7:30 p.m. consecutive days at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

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