The donation went toward the United Way?s annual Stone Soup Luncheon held on Oct. 30 at St. Joseph?s Parish Center. Each year the event brings together area businesses and community members to collect monetary and nonperishable food donations which are used to fill the shelves of local pantries as the holiday season quickly approaches.
?We are extremely thankful for the continued support of the Oswego Lions Club,? said Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director. ?Over the years they have given thousands of dollars to food pantries throughout Oswego County, allowing agencies to provide nutritious meals to countless families in need.?
Wallace said the sponsorship from the Lions Club, combined with donations collected from event attendees, resulted in hundreds of dollars and boxes of nonperishable food items going to three local pantries: the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County, and Salvation Army of Oswego County.
Along with the contribution from the Lions Club, Wallace said the day would not have been possible without help from generous local businesses and teams of dedicated volunteers.
?We are grateful for the many local businesses that stepped up to provide soup and sides for the event,? said Wallace. ?We were also fortunate to have groups of volunteers from Novelis and the SUNY Oswego Women?s Hockey Team who helped with everything from setup and salad prep to sorting nonperishable food donations and serving soup. I think this event really showcased how much can be accomplished when people come together for a shared cause.?
Ending hunger in Oswego County is one of the United Way?s three main target areas. To learn more about the organization and find updates about future events, visit oswegounitedway.org.
Cut line for photo: The Oswego Lions Club assisted the United Way of Greater Oswego County in fighting hunger by providing a $1,000 check in support of the recent Stone Soup Luncheon. United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace, pictured at left, recently attended a Lions Club meeting to thank the group for its continued support.