13th annual ‘Stone Soup Luncheon’ aims to fight hunger in Oswego County

OSWEGO, N.Y.–The United Way of Greater Oswego County continued its fight against hunger with the 13th annual Stone Soup Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 30, at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in downtown Oswego.

“Our goal was to bring community members together,” said United Way Resource Development Director Lexie Wallace. “If everyone comes together, we can really take a stand against hunger in Oswego County.”

Local businesses and residents took this stand against hunger by donating money, food and other non-perishable food items to be distributed to food pantries in Oswego County.

In exchange, the luncheon provided soups from local restaurants, as well as rolls, salads and desserts from businesses in the area.

The donations will be divided between the Human Concerns Center, Catholic Charities of Oswego County and the Salvation Army of Oswego County.

“It feels good giving back to the community,” said volunteer Richard Delaney. “It’s a great way to help out local pantries.”

With the help of more than 20 volunteers, the event raised more than $1,300 for food pantries.

Wallace noticed some of the donors participated in the luncheon for the first time this year.

“Word got out a little bit more this year and to a broader range of people,” said Wallace. “It nice to see some new faces.”