FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Luncheon in Fulton on March 23.
Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone SoupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Too Luncheon will draw upon the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s theme of Ã¢â‚¬ËœLive UnitedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup while helping to support Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struggling food pantries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the success of last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Luncheon we thought it would be a great idea to turn it into an annual event,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ luncheon is to not only raise awareness of this problem, but raise funds and provide food pantries in Oswego County with additional food.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Luber said that the Stone Soup Too Luncheon is an excellent example of the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Live United theme, as a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“MimiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Blue Moon Grill, and The Foursome Dinner will be providing the soups; DunkinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Donuts is donating Ã¢â‚¬ËœBoxes of JoeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢; CÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Farms and Davis Brothers will be providing the salads; Red Baron will provide rolls; KathyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cakes and JoeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 StrupplerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.