FULTON, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ With plans for the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second annual Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Luncheon under way, the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Route 3 in Granby will be lending its support to the event by hosting a food drive on March 6.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ luncheon planning committee will be at the supercenter to collect donations of non-perishable food items and invite the community to join them at the luncheon.
All donations will be used to help stock the shelves at local food pantries as the need for food subsidy in Oswego County continues to grow.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very appreciative of Wal-MartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts to help us in our goal to provide our food pantries with some much-needed help,Ã¢â‚¬Â said resource development director for the United Way, Lois Luber. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The management and employees of Wal-Mart are always willing to help us whenever they can. They care about their community and have truly embraced the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Live United concept.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The United Way invites community members to come together to break bread, warm their hearts, gather with friends, and enjoy a delicious lunch of Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone SoupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ while helping to support Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s struggling food pantries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Food pantries throughout Oswego County are hard pressed to meet the ever increasing demand for their services. The goal of our second annual Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ luncheon is to raise awareness of the food shortage in Oswego County and encourage the community to us help fill the shelves of our area food pantries,Ã¢â‚¬Â Luber said.
According to Luber, a number a local eateries have come together to ensure that the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup Too luncheonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ will provide those who attend with a tasty lunch and a good time with their friends and neighbors.
The luncheon is open to the public and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 23 at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St.
The United Way is accepting donations of $5 per person.
All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support area food pantries.
Attendees are also encouraged to please 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, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, Human Concerns, and the Oswego County Mental Health Association.
Those unable to attend the food drive at Wal-Mart in Granby or the Ã¢â‚¬ËœStone Soup TooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ luncheon but would like to donate food items may contact Helen Hoefer, director of Catholic Charities of Oswego CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 to attend the luncheon, call 593-1900 no later than March 22.