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United Way Luncheon To Benefit Area Food Pantries

SANDY CREEK, NY – United Way of Greater Oswego County invites you to help them combat hunger in Oswego County by sharing lunch with your friends and neighbors at the United Way’s first ever Stone Soup Luncheon in Sandy Creek.

Hosted by Sandy Creek United Methodist Church, 2031 Harwood Drive, just off Route 81 exit 37, the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will be held Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drawing upon the agency’s theme of ‘Live United’ the United Way invites community members to gather with friends to enjoy a delicious lunch of Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County’s struggling food pantries.

Lois Luber (right), resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County board member and Superintendent of the Pulaski School District Dr. Marshall Marshall (left) and Executive Director of Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County, Penny Kimball at the RMMOC food pantry to discuss the need for food in the area.
Lois Luber (right), resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, meets with Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County board member and Superintendent of the Pulaski School District Dr. Marshall Marshall (left) and Executive Director of Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County, Penny Kimball at the RMMOC food pantry to discuss the need for food in the area.

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 donated what they could to make a delicious meal that could feed the whole village. The moral of Stone Soup is that working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good can be achieved. “We hope that our Stone Soup Luncheon will raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and help fill the shelves of food pantries in this area,” said Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber.

A number of local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary. Soups are being provided by: Eddy’s Place Restaurant, The River House Restaurant, Rainbow Shores Restaurant, and the Sandy Pond Steak House.  Other local businesses including TC Brewsters, Wal-Mart in Central Square and the Sandy Creek Big M are providing salad fixings, fresh rolls and butter, coffee and cookies and Top’s Market is providing cake for dessert.

The luncheon is open to the public, with United Way accepting donations of $5 per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the Pulaski Community Ministries Food Pantry, the Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard, the Richland / Rural & Migrant Ministries Food Pantry and the Lacona / North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen. Attendees are encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items, as the United Way will be collecting donations for those food pantries as well. “We appreciate the United Way’s efforts. There are always families that need food, and we at Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County (RMMOC) strive to serve people who aren’t getting served in other ways, said Superintendent of the Pulaski School District and RMMOC board member, Dr. Marshall Marshall. “I look forward to welcoming a large number of community members at the United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon.”
 
Community members wishing to donate fresh produce from their garden are welcome to do so by bringing their donations to the Sandy Creek United Methodist Church by Sept. 17 from 9 –11 a.m.

Those unable to attend the luncheon, but would like to donate food items, may contact Peggy Manchester at 387-5539 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.