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United Way ‘Stone Soup’ Luncheon to aid Local Food Pantries

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County will host its seventh Annual Stone Soup Luncheon on November 15 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center on West First Street.

Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph’s Parish Center to finalize plans for this year’s event. From left are: Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way; volunteer, Jackie Thorpe, of the Greater Oswego / Fulton Chamber of Commerce; committee chair, Aaron Thorpe of 24 Hr. Record & Retrieval; Reverend Greg Kreinheder, pastor St. Joseph’s and St. Steven’s Parish; Shawn Seale, of Key Bank; and luncheon sponsors Theresa Himes, of Bosco & Geers; and Chris Carpenter of the Oswego Country Club.
Committee members and sponsors for the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual Stone Soup Luncheon meet at St. Joseph’s Parish Center to finalize plans for this year’s event. From left are: Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way; volunteer, Jackie Thorpe, of the Greater Oswego / Fulton Chamber of Commerce; committee chair, Aaron Thorpe of 24 Hr. Record & Retrieval; Reverend Greg Kreinheder, pastor St. Joseph’s and St. Steven’s Parish; Shawn Seale, of Key Bank; and luncheon sponsors Theresa Himes, of Bosco & Geers; and Chris Carpenter of the Oswego Country Club.

The United Way invites community members to come together to enjoy a luncheon that will aid local food pantries. Food pantries throughout Oswego County are finding it hard to keep their shelves filled and this holiday season will prove to be especially challenging as they struggle to meet the increased demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.

According to Lois Luber, resource development director for United Way of Greater Oswego County, this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon is receiving strong support.

“With the number of restaurants and business that have joined us as sponsors, this year’s Stone Soup Luncheon will feature the largest selection of soups we’ve ever had,” said Luber.  “Canale’s Restaurant, Vona’s Restaurant, Oswego Country Club, GS Steamers, Bridie Manor and Ruby Tuesday are providing our soups; C’ Farms and Davis Brothers the salad fixings; and Bosco & Geers, fresh baked  rolls. Additionally, there will be coffee courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, and desserts from Cakes Galore and the American Foundry.”

“As we heard so often regarding this year’s campaign, it’s our community and it’s personal.  It’s a mantra that our sponsors and our host for the Stone Soup Luncheon clearly believe in,” added Luber.

The United Way Stone Soup Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The United Way will be accepting a donation of $5.00 per person and those attending are urged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

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

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.