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OASIS Food Pantry News for June 2018

Golf Tournament – Prayers for Good Weather

A big thanks goes out to the 2018 Golf Tournament planers for their efforts in organizing the O.A.S.I.S. Annual Golf Tournament, dinner, and silent auction scheduled for Monday, June 4. We’re looking forward to a great turnout, a successful fund raising campaign, and a beautiful day.

The O.A.S.I.S. Children’s Summer Food Program

Long, lazy summer days is how many people think of summer vacation, but low-income families with school-aged children wonder how they will keep their pantries filled during summer months. 2018 will be the fifth year O.A.S.I.S. adds the Children’s Summer Food Program to the existing pantry food program. Families with children aged 6 to 18 years visiting the pantry during June, July and August receive additional food to help compensate for the meals children miss while on summer break from school.  These families will receive their regular monthly quantity of food with supplementary amounts of:

  • Apple juice
  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Beef Bologna
  • Cheese Mac & Cheese
  • Beef hot-dog
  • Fruit Cups
  • Peanut butter

Our goal is to help disadvantaged children in St. Charles County bridge the summer meal gap — so they are healthy and ready to start the new school year.

Applause, Applause!

Ameren UE Missouri has been an OASIS Food Pantry supporter for many years, and this year our friends at Ameren UE have contributed a $1000 grant to help pay for the additional food costs associated with our children’s summer food program.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Postal Worker’s Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this weekend’s Postal Workers food drive.  This years food drive looks to exceed the typical amount of food collected. The food received from the Postal Worker’s drive is important to O.A.S.I.S. as it helps the food pantry get through the summer months when few groups conduct food drives.

The O.A.S.I.S. food pantry is blessed to have so many partners helping us serve those less fortunate in our community.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and Thrift Store Board

Lunch @ The Library

The Kathryn-Linnemann Branch of St. Charles City-County Library will be holding free lunches for all children ages 18 and under on Monday through Friday from noon to 1pm, May 24 through August 15. No registration is required.

Shop Out Hunger on May 19

May 19 will certainly not be a lazy Saturday. We’ll be too busy fighting hunger in the St. Louis bi-state area with over 120 participating grocery stores! To make it happen, we need over 1,000 volunteers to greet customers and collect donations in this regionwide food drive. Would you join us?

Please sign up to join hundreds of other volunteers at Dierbergs, Schnucks, Shop-n-Save or Straub’s locations and help stock your local food pantries for the busy summer months.

OASIS Food Pantry News

Saturday, May 12th Stamp Out Hunger – Letter Carriers Food Drive

On Saturday, May 12th the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will hold America’s largest one-day food drive. This event began in 1993 with the goal of having at least one NALC branch in each of the 50 states participating, and the results were astounding. More than 11 million pounds of food was collected, making it a one-day U.S. food collection record.

This year the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held on Saturday, May 12. That day food will be collected by our letter carriers from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Hawaii then distributed to local food banks and pantries. All food collected stays local, which is why the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry is asking for your help.

The pantry needs volunteers to help with receiving, sorting, and storing items collected by the letter carriers. Volunteers are needed from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, but working a partial shift is fine.  This is a big one-day project, and O.A.S.I.S. needs your support, here’s where you can help. O.A.S.I.S. needs:

  • 10-12 experienced O.A.S.I.S. pantry volunteers who are familiar with pantry items to lead less experienced volunteers.
  • 1-2 volunteers at each post office receiving, unloading, and weighting items collected by letter carriers.
  • At least 2 volunteers with pick-up trucks to shuttle items collected from post offices to the pantry.

If you are available to help or know someone who is, email oasisfoodpan@aol.com or contact Mike Wraspir at 636-293-1184.

Please be a part of this one-day nationwide food collection event by volunteering at O.A.S.I.S. or placing bagged non-perishable food items next to your mailbox for pick up on Saturday, May 12th. Let’s Stamp Out Hunger in our neighborhoods.

O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament — JUNE 4th

Golf is an easy game… it’s just hard to play.

There is still time to Get in the Swing of Things by signing up for the 12th Annual OASIS Golf Tournament. The O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament is our principal yearly fundraiser and is planned for Monday, June 4 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters.

We need your support to make this event a success. You can help by playing golf, attending the dinner, donating to the silent auction, volunteering at the event, be an event sponsor, or sponsor a family. To sign up please visit our website at www.oasisfoodpantry.com or call the pantry at 636-723-0037.

Remember…Golf is like life; you strive for the green, but end up in the hole.

Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

Laundry Love

Each month, volunteers from The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Lake St. Louis and Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Charles provide the quarters and laundry supplies to individuals or families that are in need of a little help or hand up with their laundry.

This ministry, Laundry Love, is now offered THREE times a month, once in St Charles,once in Wentzville and once in O’Fallon.

They accept anyone who is in need, without question or judgement.

SCCHE Choirs Raise Money for OASIS

A huge THANK YOU to St. Charles Christian Home Educators’ (SCCHE) choirs who put on two dessert theaters March 9-10 at Grace Community Chapel, St Peters collecting items for O.A.S.I.S. The pictures represent the two groups that performed on the 9th and 10th and the food they collected at the two events. They also received cash donations (over $800) which they in turn went to ALDI and purchased much of the items in the picture.

O.A.S.I.S. News for April

2018 Youth Food Challenge…And the winner is Hope Lutheran!

It was another great year for the O.A.S.I.S. Church Youth Food Challenge. The donations just kept coming and we just kept counting and the total came to 22,567 items. We are sending a BIG thank you to the ten churches that participated this year. There will be many smiling faces at the pantry as we distribute all your donations. Great job everyone!

Help the Girl Scouts help the Pantry

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri are celebrating the 20th anniversary for the April Showers community service program. Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items. Last year more than 1.3 million personal care items were collected and distributed. The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and its clients greatly benefit from this yearly program. Please check your door or porch April 20 through 22 for the “April Showers Bag” distributed by your local Girl Scout troop and give generously.

April 20-22 Bag Distribution

April 21 Girl Scouts will be collecting hygiene items at local grocery stores.
April 28 Filled bags will be collected and counted, then distributed to pantry’s and shelters.

Get in the Swing of Things with the 12th Annual Golf Tournament

At O.A.S.I.S. our goal is to give our clients a variety of foods and hygiene products to make their lives better. Even with all the donations we receive, there are times we must purchase items to fulfill client needs. Additionally, this summer we are planning a Children’s Summer Food Program to provide food aid to families with school-aged children during the summer when free school meals are unavailable.

The O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament is our principal yearly fundraiser and is planned for Monday, June 4 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters.  We need your support to make this event a success. Here are some of the ways you can help:

•      Play golf or Captain a Foursome
•      Attend the Dinner
•      Donate to the Silent Auction
•      Volunteer at the event
•      Become a Sponsor
•      Sponsor a Family

For more details about the Golf Tournament or to sign up, please visit our website at oasisfoodpantry.com.

Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members