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September 19, 2018

United Way Holiday ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon To Aid Food Pantries


OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host its fourth annual ‘Stone Soup’ Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 10 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center.

The United Way invites community members to come together to enjoy a festive holiday celebration that also serves to aid local pantries.

Committee members prepare to serve “Stone Soup” for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual holiday luncheon. From left are: United Way board member, Jim Mahoney, chairperson; resource development director for the United Way, Lois Luber; volunteer, Pat Benjamin; Shawn Seale of Key Bank; director of emergency services for Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Helen Hoefer; and Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.

Committee members prepare to serve “Stone Soup” for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual holiday luncheon. From left are: United Way board member, Jim Mahoney, chairperson; resource development director for the United Way, Lois Luber; volunteer, Pat Benjamin; Shawn Seale of Key Bank; director of emergency services for Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Helen Hoefer; and Marion Ciciarelli of Oswego Health.

Food pantries throughout Oswego County are feeling a strain this year and the holiday season will be prove to be especially challenging as they struggle to meet the increased demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.

The United Way will be accepting a donation of $5 per person to enjoy a delicious luncheon of ‘Stone Soup.’

Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way, said “The story of Stone Soup dates back to an event that took place in post-war Europe when the residents of an impoverished village all contributed what they could to make a delicious meal that could feed the whole village. The moral of is that working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved.”

“It is a reflection of the United Way’s ‘Live United’ concept. We are all connected. When you reach out and help someone in need that action has an effect that reverberates throughout the community,” she added.

The luncheon will also feature some great door prizes as well as live entertainment from the vocal group, Concinnity, who will be performing a number of holiday favorites to add a festive atmosphere to the luncheon.

Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food.

All proceeds from the event, as well as the food that is collected, will be donated to local food pantries including the Fulton and Oswego Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.

“Our holiday luncheon is an excellent example of this as a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary. Aunt Mary’s Catering, Canale’s Restaurant and Vona’s Restaurant are providing our ‘Stone Soup.’ C’s Farms and Davis Bros. will provide the fixings for our salads; Bosco and Geers will provide fresh baked rolls. Cakes Galore and SUNY Oswego Auxiliary Services are donating the desserts. And, Tim Horton’s will be providing coffee and cookies. Even our table decorations, consisting of Dements spaghetti sauce and pasta, which will be donated to local food pantries following the event, have been donated by Giovanni Foods and Paul’s Big M.  In addition, food drives will start Nov. 15 at many area businesses,” added Luber.

The luncheon is open to the public and will start at 11:30 a.m.

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’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 no later than Dec. 9.

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