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September 24, 2018

203.5 Pounds of Food Received By APW BackPack Program Thanks to United Way and Clubhouse Tavern


The Clubhouse Tavern of Oswego recently coordinated a charitable fundraising event, and attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the United Way of Greater Oswego County as an effort to end hunger in our community.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine, delivers a food donation from a recent charitable event coordinated by the Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego to APW Central School District’s BackPack program. To the left is APW School Lunch Manager Bonnie Horning.

Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine, delivers a food donation from a recent charitable event coordinated by the Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego to APW Central School District’s BackPack program. To the left is APW School Lunch Manager Bonnie Horning.

The food collection was received by Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District’s BackPack Program that sends food home with students of families in need on the weekends.

The “Night of Drinking and Dancing” was coordinated by Robert and Liz McGrath, owners of The Clubhouse Tavern.

The evening took place at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The Executive Director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Patrick Dewine, said he was delighted to see the numerous donated food items pile up as guests arrived.

A total of 203.5 pounds of food was collected.

“I was so thrilled to see such a generous donation come in, especially this time of year when there is plenty of need to go around,” said the BackPack Program’s coordinator at APW, Bonnie Horning.

APW’s BackPack Program is an initiative started by the district’s staff, which sends backpacks full of food items home with children in need on the weekends.

Participant families are referred to existing programs for which they may be eligible in an attempt to transition the student from the BackPack Program to other resources (i.e. Reduced or Free Lunch Program, Food Stamps, Food Pantries, etc.).

The group believes that no child should be left hungry.

According to www.oswegounitedway.org, “The United Way of Greater Oswego County improves lives by fostering partnerships, mobilizing the community to give and volunteer, raising awareness of local human needs and supporting solutions that address those needs.”

With the BackPack Program helping more than 100 students in the APW School District, the donation made possible by the United Way and the Clubhouse Tavern will meet the needs of participating families for almost two weekends.

Those who are interested in donating to the BackPack Program may leave items at the school located at 639 County Route 22 Parish.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Horning, APW School Lunch Manager, at (315) 625-5227, or Anita Murphy, APW Superintendent of Schools, at (315) 625-5251.

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