Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – In an effort to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and help fill the shelves of area food pantries. The United Way of Greater Oswego County will hold their fourth annual ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon in Fulton on March 20.
Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., the United Way’s ‘Stone Soup’ Too Luncheon will draw upon the agency’s theme of ‘Live United’ as the United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends, and enjoy a delicious lunch of ‘Stone Soup while helping to support Oswego County’s struggling food pantries.
Now in its fourth year, United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is an annual event that benefits Oswego County food pantries.
“There is a dire need for food subsidy in our county,” said Lois Luber, resource development director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County. “It is becoming increasingly difficult for our food pantries to meet the demand. Our goal with the ‘Stone Soup Too’ luncheon is to not only raise awareness of this problem, but raise funds and provide food pantries in Oswego County with additional food.”
Luber said that the Stone Soup Too Luncheon is an excellent example of the United Way’s Live United theme, as a number of local businesses have come forward to provide a delicious lunch. The featured soups will be Vegetable Beef courtesy of Mimi’s Drive-in; Cream of Broccoli from Blue Moon Grill, Greek style Chicken Noodle from The Foursome Dinner; and Italian Festival from Tavern on the Lock. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts is donating ‘Boxes of Joe’; C’s Farms will be providing the salads; Red Baron will provide rolls; Kathy’s Cakes and Joe’s Corner Market are donating cookies; and cake will be provided by Springside at Seneca Hill and Price Chopper.
“We have also received a number of items from local businesses so that those who attend will have the opportunity to be awarded a door prize,” added Luber.
Luber said that there would be table arrangements featuring canned soups, courtesy of Struppler’s Shurfine Market, that will be donated to the food pantries following the luncheon and that the Fulton Lions Club has donated $500 for the purchase of food for our local food pantries.
The United Way’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries and attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food as the United Way will be collecting donations for area food pantries including the Fulton and Oswego Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of Oswego County.
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 315-598-3980 for information on where to drop off non-perishable food donations throughout Oswego County.
For more information on United Way of Greater Oswego County’s ‘Stone Soup Too’ Luncheon in Fulton, contact your United Way office at 593-1900.