Bosco Family to be Guest Chefs at Oswego Salvation Army

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Had your fill of picnic fare? Ready for a delicious authentic homemade Italian dinner prepared by the experts using the best ingredients?

The Bosco family will be serving the next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner on Wednesday, August 17, 4:30 to 6:30. They will be preparing a favorite family dinner of rigatoni with meatballs and sausage, tossed salad, dinner rolls, dessert, and beverages. The dinner will be at the Salvation Army Citadel, 73 West Second Street, Oswego.

Remembering how the Salvation Army helped his father in France during World War II, John Bosco said, “The Bosco family is always interested in helping the Salvation Army and the good work they do in our community. It is an honor to be able to help.” The family, now consisting of John, brother Joe, Jr., and sister Theresa Bosco Himes, has owned and operated the Bosco & Geers Food Market for 52 years. It is widely acclaimed for its Italian sausage and other meats, general groceries, and ready-to-serve foods.

The Guest Chef dinners are organized by the Advisory Board and offered to everyone in the community to raise funds for support of the services of the Army in Oswego.

Our recent move to a newly renovated, air-conditioned building affords us a chapel, dining room, modern kitchen, various meeting and activity rooms, offices, and even storage. Seventy-five to 150 people daily receive hot breakfasts and dinners seven days a week from our kitchen. About 80 to 150 families each month receive a three-day supply of groceries from our pantry and bread and pastries are distributed to at least 750 people each month. A fresh food distribution occurs monthly through the Food Bank of Central NY. About 30 students come to our building weekly after school to do homework, use computers, and participate in crafts and games.

Our building is the meeting place for several community groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, TOPS, MOPS, and RSVP’s 55 Alive. Also, groups such as the Literacy Coalition and the Senior Coalition, which work to coordinate not-for-profit and government resources and serve those in need in our community. Sunday mornings typically find 30 to 50 members, clients, and volunteers at worship in our chapel and about 600 people in nursing homes are visited and led in worship on a regular basis.

Our classrooms accommodate a Life Skills Training Program that addresses financial literacy; job-search skills; parenting skills; selection, purchase, preparation, and storage of food; health information; and other basic skills needed for a better life. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides instructors for this aspect of our programming. Activity rooms accommodate exercise equipment and games that foster fellowship and develop social skills in our clients.

Information about the Salvation Army or about serving as a volunteer is available at 343-6491 or at the office at 73 West Second Street, Oswego.