Fulton NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ A very special event to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in Oswego County and help garner support for Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s food pantries received some much welcomed support recently as Hair We Are Next Door has announced that they will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the second annual Playing For Poverty, A Food Aid Concert for Oswego County. The salon is hosting a donation box where patrons will be able to drop off non-perishable food donations now through the date of the event. Other local businesses in the area will also be hosting donation boxes for this event.
Playing for Poverty, A Food Aid Concert for Oswego County, which is being coordinated by a coalition of human services agencies, will be held Saturday, September 12th, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Bullhead Point in Fulton.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This will be a fun event filled with food, fun and frolic for the whole family,Ã¢â‚¬Â said committee member, Jo-Lyn Phillips of OCO. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy a day of music and come together to help combat the challenge of meeting the need for food subsidy in Oswego County that has escalated greatly as a result of the deep recession we are experiencing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Playing For Poverty, A Food Aid Concert for Oswego County, will include live performances throughout the day and night from some of the areaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most popular bands including; The Beatles tribute band, The Magical Mystery Tour, The Predators, and Hellfish. In addition to the music there will be a number of raffles, door prizes and food available. All proceeds raised during the event will be donated to Oswego County food pantries.
Representatives from the coalition, which includes; ARISE, Bridges out of Poverty, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness), The Council of Churches, Fulton Family YMCA / ACT for Youth – Youth Coalition, Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. and AmeriCorps, will also be on hand to meet the public, educate them about their efforts to address the issues of hunger and poverty, and encourage the community to become involved in helping to alleviate these problems in Oswego County.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are looking forward to speaking with community members about our many programs that work to combat hunger and poverty,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Runaway and Homeless Youth Specialist with OCO, Heather Robinson. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will also be collecting donations of non-perishable foods that will be given to food pantries throughout Oswego County including; Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army in both Oswego and Fulton and the OCO Youth Emergency Services (YES!) program for runaway and homeless youth.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While admission to Playing For Poverty is free, Robinson said that those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or two for donation to the local food pantries. Monetary donations will also be accepted and sponsorship opportunities are available for area businesses that would like to be involved.
For more information on Playing Poverty, A Food Aid Concert for Oswego County, or to make a donation to the event, you may contact Heather Robinson at 342-7532.