The Stone Soup Luncheon began as a social event to bring together individuals, agencies, and businesses in an effort to increase awareness around hunger in Oswego County. Over the years it has transformed into a fundraiser and food drive that local agencies rely on.
Lexie Wallace, United Way resource development director, said all profits and nonperishable food donations from the event will be divided between local pantries that provide food for thousands of hungry individuals.
“We are asking people to come together to help end hunger,” said Wallace. “We hope this event will shine a light on the very real issue of food insecurity in our county, and will generate resources to support agencies that are providing food to families in need.”
Deacon Nick Alvaro has seen the need for increased food access first hand through his work with the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Stephen the King. He said even with local pantries distributing thousands of meals, hunger is still a pressing issue in Oswego County.
“Even with the great work done by the Human Concerns Pantry and other local agencies, there is still more need,” said Alvaro.
The menu for United Way’s Stone Soup Luncheon will feature several varieties of soups donated by local restaurants, along with salad, rolls, and dessert from area businesses.
“The amount of community support for this event has been unbelievable,” said Wallace. “We truly appreciate how many local businesses have stepped up to make this luncheon possible, and how many volunteers have offered their time to make the day a success.”
The United Way will be accepting a donation of $5 per person, and those attending are urged to bring a donation of nonperishable food items. Those unable to attend the event who would still like to make a donation may call the United Way of Greater Oswego County at 315-593-1900. For more information, visit www.oswegounitedway.org.
Photo Caption: United Way of Greater Oswego County will host the 13th annual Stone Soup Luncheon on Oct. 30 at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 240 W. First Street in Oswego. Pictured above, Deacon Nick Alvaro and United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace recently met to discuss plans for the event. All profits and nonperishable food items donated will be distributed to local food pantries.