The donation will go toward the United Way?s annual Stone Soup Luncheon coming up on Nov 7 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 Stacey Morse, 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.?
Morse said the sponsorship from the Lions Club, combined with donations collected from event attendees, results 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, Morse said the annual event would not be possible without help from generous local businesses and teams of dedicated volunteers.
?We are grateful for the many local businesses that are stepping up to provide soup and sides for the event,? said Morse. ?We are also fortunate to have groups of volunteers from Novelis and the SUNY Oswego Women?s Hockey Team who have helped in past years with everything from setup and salad prep to sorting nonperishable food donations and serving soup. I think this event really showcases 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.