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October 19, 2018

Subaru Ambassadors Food Drive Benefits OCO Food Pantry


FULTON, NY – Each year in communities throughout the country, members of the Subaru Ambassador Program participate in Subaru’s Day of Caring.

Subaru Ambassador Candra McFarland-Gawarecki (standing right) of Oswego County Opportunities recently coordinated a food drive to collect non-perishable foods and pet foods for the agency’s food pantry. From left are Meg and Todd Rheaume and Josh Gawarecki. Kneeling is Renee Young and her son, Colin.

Subaru Ambassador Candra McFarland-Gawarecki (standing right) of Oswego County Opportunities recently coordinated a food drive to collect non-perishable foods and pet foods for the agency’s food pantry. From left are Meg and Todd Rheaume and Josh Gawarecki. Kneeling is Renee Young and her son, Colin.

The ambassadors are Subaru owners that represent the Subaru brand with honesty and enthusiasm and volunteer their time and talent to better their communities.

This year, several local Subaru ambassadors held a food drive to benefit Oswego County Opportunities food pantry.

“Our food drive was a bit different than most,” said Subaru Ambassador Candra McFarland-Gawarecki of OCO. “In addition to collecting donations of non-perishable foods for OCO’s food pantry we collected donations of pet food and pet toys. Many of the seniors that access OCO Nutrition Services have pets that may be their only companion, their pets are a part of the family and they need nourishment as well. It’s a topic that is overlooked and one of our goals with this food drive was to bring that to light.”

Candra, along with her husband, Josh, teamed up with Subaru ambassadors Meg Rheaume and her husband, Todd, Renee Young and her son, Colin, on coordinating the food drive and the drive culminated in a final collection day at OCO Nutrition Services kitchen site in Mexico on June 16.

“Our food drive was a success,” said Candra. “We collected several boxes of food along with an assortment of pet foods, including generous donations from Wegmans and BarkBox. Our wonderful host at OCO’s Nutrition Services Kitchen, Cheryl Maxfield, offered those in attendance a tour of the kitchen. They found it very rewarding to see how OCO uses its resources to serve seniors throughout Oswego County every day!”

OCO is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 100 separate locations.

For more information, visit www.oco.org.

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