Walmart Lends Support to the United Way?s ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon

February 24th, 2012

26Fulton, NY ? With plans for the United Way?s Fourth Annual ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon underway, the Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in Granby will be lending its support to the event by hosting a food drive on Saturday, March 10th.

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walmart employees will be donating their time to collect donations of non-perishable food items and invite the community to attend the United Way?s third annual ?Stone Soup Too? luncheon. All food donations collected will be used to help stock the shelves of the food pantries at Catholic Charities of Oswego County and the Fulton Salvation Army.

?We are very appreciative of Walmart?s efforts to help us in our goal to provide our food pantries with some much-needed help,? said Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Lois Luber. ?The management and employees of Walmart are always willing to help us whenever they can. They care about their community and have truly embraced the United Way?s Live United concept.?

Hosted by Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton, the United Way?s ?Stone Soup? Too Luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 20th. 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. ?Food pantries throughout Oswego County are hard pressed to meet the ever increasing demand for their services. The goal of our Fourth Annual ?Stone Soup Too? 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.?

According to Luber a number a local eateries have come together to ensure that the United Way?s ?Stone Soup Too Luncheon? will provide those who attend with a tasty lunch and a good time with their friends and neighbors.

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. Tuesday, March 20th at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton. 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 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 contact your United Way office at 315-593-1900.

Cut line for photo: Employee volunteers from the Walmart Supercenter on Route 3 in Granby meet with Melanie Trexler, executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, to finalize the details for a food drive that Walmart will host on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All non-perishable food items collected that day will donated to Oswego County food pantries as part of the United Way of Greater Oswego County?s Fourth Annual ?Stone Soup Too? Luncheon. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th the luncheon will at held at 11:30 am at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton and serves as a fundraiser for food pantries throughout Oswego County. Pictured from left are: Melanie Trexler, Mary Munk, Sharon Miller, Lori Lyons, and Ariel Rhoades.