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September 20, 2018

United Way Stone Soup Luncheon returns to Pulaski


FULTON, NY – With the need for food subsidy increasing and food pantries throughout Oswego County being hard pressed to meet the growing demand, the United Way of Greater Oswego County is doing its part to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to help fill the shelves of our area food pantries.

Committee members for the United Way’s ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon in the greater Pulaski / Sandy Creek area meet to finalize details for the event. From left are: Delores Stevens of the North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen; Selena Belser, with the Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County food pantry; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Joe Sabadish of the Pulaski American Legion Post 358. Absent from the photo is committee member Peggy Manchester of the Sandy Creek/Lacona Community Cupboard.

Committee members for the United Way’s ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon in the greater Pulaski / Sandy Creek area meet to finalize details for the event. From left are: Delores Stevens of the North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen; Selena Belser, with the Rural & Migrant Ministries of Oswego County food pantry; Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County; and Joe Sabadish of the Pulaski American Legion Post 358. Absent from the photo is committee member Peggy Manchester of the Sandy Creek/Lacona Community Cupboard.

United Way of Greater Oswego County has partnered with business and community leaders in the greater Pulaski / Sandy Creek to host its annual Stone Soup Luncheon on  April 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 358, 3350 Maple Ave, Pulaski.

According to Resource Development Director for the United Way, Lois Luber, the mission of the Stone Soup luncheon is to create awareness of the need for food subsidy in Oswego County.

“This is our second Stone Soup Too luncheon in the Pulaski / Sandy Creek area. Thanks to the effort of our volunteers and committee members, and most importantly the strong support we receive from area businesses, we are able to once again combine good food and generous people for a good cause. The need for food in the northern part of our county is increasing rapidly.  The proceeds from our Stone Soup Luncheon will go a long way to help fill the shelves of pantries in this area,” said Luber.

To date, a number of caring local businesses have come forward to donate the food and beverages necessary for the Stone Soup Luncheon.  American Legion Post 358, Eddy’s Place Restaurant, Rainbow Shores, River House Restaurant, and the Sandy Pond Steak House will provide the soups, with Al’s Corner Market, C’s Farm Market, Davis Bros., Nice n Easy Grocery Shoppes, North Country Christian Church, Sandy Creek Big M, and Tops Friendly Market providing the other food items.

The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon is open to the public.

The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.

All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries, including: the Pulaski Community Ministries Food Pantry; the Sandy Creek / Lacona Community Cupboard; Rural & Migrant Ministries’ Food Pantry; and the North Country Christian Church Soup Kitchen.  Attendees are also encouraged to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

“It is becoming especially challenging for our food pantries to meet the rising demand for food subsidy throughout Oswego County,” added Luber. “The food collected, and the money raised at our ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon will be greatly appreciated.”

Those unable to attend the luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, supervisor of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Emergency Services program at 315-598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.

For more information, call 315-593-1900.

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