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Mask Up St. Charles County Event on Thursday, Aug. 6

St. Charles County’s free mask distribution program to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues next week with a “Mask Up Pick-Up” event for county residents. To date, County Government has distributed nearly 500,000 masks throughout the county to libraries, businesses, churches, restaurants, schools and non-profit agencies. Masks have been provided for all County employees and to the public when entering County buildings as well. The masks

are funded through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The first “Mask Up Pick-Up” drive-through event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6 at Liberty High School, 2275 Sommers Road in Lake Saint Louis. Approximately 30,000 masks will be distributed on the parking lot near the school’s main entrance; residents are asked to remain in their vehicles while picking up their masks. Each resident will receive 10 free disposable masks which have been placed in bags by workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Those distributing them at this event will be wearing masks and gloves as well.

“It is our hope that those who are not wearing masks because they don’t have them will stop by,” says St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, “and that they will continue seeking out places to find additional masks they may need to get through this pandemic. It is extremely important for us all to wear masks while in public to help protect the community from this highly contagious disease.”

Ehlmann says additional mask giveaway events are being planned, but that those who are unable to attend the Aug. 6 event also can visit their local St. Charles City-County Library where the County has provided masks for public distribution.

“Mask up, St Charles County! Let’s keep safe and healthy,” Ehlmann says. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, dry cough and  shortness of breath, should call the St. Charles County Public Health Information Hotline at 636-949-1899. For information regarding COVID-19 and updated statistics, visit sccmo.org/COVID. For questions concerning the Aug. 6 event, contact Molly Dempsey, Community Relations Manager, at 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, or mtdempsey@sccmo.org.

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Introducing Pandemic EBT!

Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, is a new federal program for families who lost access to school meals because of the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is a one-time payment available to households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.  The maximum P-EBT payment is $302 for each eligible child (pre-K to 12th grade).

The deadline for P-EBT is fast approaching!  Applications must be submitted by June 30.  Can you help us make sure all Missouri families know about this opportunity?  Download and share the resources below.

Downloadable Resources:

For more food resources, check out our website:  GetHelp.OperationFoodSearch.org 

Pantry Reopening In July!

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry is pleased to announce the pantry will re-open this July  staffed with our regular volunteers and an updated food distribution process. The updated food distribution process incorporates social distancing and additional sanitizing to meet St. Charles Health Department Covid-19 Guidelines. This is a big step, but there has been a lot of planning and re-organizing of the current food distribution method, and we are confident the updated process will keep pantry volunteers and clients safe while still continuing the mission to care for those less fortunate in our community.

Thank you for collecting and donating canned goods and clean egg cartons through your churches.  Only one-dozen sized egg cartons are needed. For food donation specifics, visit https://oasisfoodpantry.com/how-to-help/ for a printable shopping list. Whether big or small every donation helps those in need.

The O.A.S.I.S. Board members wish to thank all our volunteers and supporters who have given their time, talents, and gifts over the last 30 years and during the pandemic to keep the Food Pantry doors open.

To be a volunteer and supporter, it takes…

Generosity, a willingness to give your time, talents, and gifts to others.
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own.
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they must feel.
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else’s life better.
Patience, because the process doesn’t always go as smoothly as it might.
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through.

You’ve shown these qualities and so much more, so thank you for all that you do.

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

Board of Directors

Thrivent Matching Grant

In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are excited to be partnering with Thrivent Member Network – Heartland Region in an effort to help out-match hunger!

For the month of May, the Thrivent Member Network – Heartland Region will match every $2 with $1 given, up to a maximum of $2,000 from Thrivent.

Thrivent is committed to helping members be wise with money and give back to the causes and people they care most about. To make a donation, click on the link below. Our goal is to raise $4,000.00 from this campaign to purchase a much needed 3-door refrigerator.  Just click on the link below and follow to the Facebook page to make your donation. Thank you for your support.

Oasis Food Pantry- https://thrivent.cotribute.co/events/406110/detail

Message from the OASIS Food Pantry

Hello O.A.S.I.S. Supporters,

We hope and pray you and your families are well and staying safe.

Together we are traveling through an unprecedented health and financial crisis in our country.  Many of our St. Charles County neighbors have been furloughed from their jobs, and struggle to pay their bills and put food on their tables.

There are ways you can help support the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry from the safety of your home.

Please consider:

  • Making an on-line donation to OASIS on the web site HERE and use your credit card or PayPal Account to donate.
  • Mailing a check to:  O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry, 1814 Boone’s Lick Road, St. Charles, MO 63301.
  • Thrivent members can donate to O.A.S.I.S. through the Thrivent Choice Program. Thrivent Financial is offering matching donations for Thrivent members through June 30, 2020.  Thrivent will provide an extra $1 for every $2 donated for the first one million in donations made at Thrivent.com.  Thrivent members can use this link Thrivent Choice Giving Platform and select Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in St. Charles County (O.A.S.I.S.) to make their donation.

Your donations ensure O.A.S.I.S. can respond to the rising wave of food insecurity in St. Charles County.

We encourage everyone to be safe, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines established by our local health officials.

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

The St. Charles Salvation Army Soup Kitchen is providing one meal a day, Monday – Friday, at 2 pm. It will be served “To Go” style in a Styrofoam container at the back door of the dining room.

Their food pantry is open Tuesday & Thursday – 2:30 to 4pm. Participants will sign up for a specific time slot. They will be allowed to shop “client’s choice” for fresh fruits and vegetables provided they wear gloves. Pre-filled non-perishable boxes will be provided along with frozen meats.

Clients seeking financial assistance with utilities, rent,etc. must call to schedule an appointment or may be referred by another agency. Call 636-946-7966 Ext. 101.

United Way Support During COVID-19

United Way is here to help through the uncertainty and times ahead. Through United Way 2-1-1 and the coordination with more than 30,000 programs and services across Missouri and Southwest Illinois, we are on the front lines to determine where resources are most needed.

United Way is here to connect you to resources. Whether it’s responding to calls about mental health and trauma counseling, a family that needs help with emergency rent and utilities, or answering COVID-19 health questions – United Way can help.

Over the past 30 days, United Way 2-1-1 has answered over 6,098 calls about COVID-19 since March 12, and these requests will only continue to increase.

Missouri residents: For general questions about COVID-19 and Missouri’s response, contact 877.435.8411 or visit health.mo.gov

Individuals and families: If you’re looking for available resources visit 211helps.org or dial 2-1-1 (1.800.427.4626) to get connected to a trained specialist 24/7. United Way 2-1-1 will be keeping an ongoing list of resources as they become available.

We encourage you to review these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for yourselves and others.

United Way 2-1-1 is updating their page with local reliable resources every single day.

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April 2020 News

2020 Youth Food Challenge….and the winner is St. John’s UCC!

St. John’s UCC youth earned first place in the challenge this year by donating 200% of their goal. Coming in second place was Hope Lutheran with 182%, and third place was Living Lord Lutheran at 176%. What an amazing outcome for our pantry clients!  The seven youth groups collected a total 14,520 items, which translates into $12,243 dollars of ‘In-Kind’ donations. This is an increase of 1,508 more items than last year’s challenge.  WOW!

The clients served by O.A.S.I.S. are the real winners of this friendly, competitive food drive between local church youth groups. Our thanks goes to those who donated, church youth, youth leaders, and our volunteers for a successful 2020 Youth Food Challenge.

Get into the Swing of Things with the 14th Annual Golf Tournament

This year’s tournament will be a special event with two celebrations. First, we are celebrating the life of Bob Schreiber and his many contributions to O.A.S.I.S. Secondly, we will celebrate the food pantry’s 30 years of serving St. Charles County residents in need.

The O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament is the pantry’s principal yearly fundraiser and is planned for Monday, June 1 at Old Hickory Golf Club St. Peters. We need your support to make this event a success. Here are some 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
  • Make an on-line donation at www.oasisfoodpantry.com

For more details about the Golf Tournament or to sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Help the Girl Scouts Help the Pantry

On April 18th the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri begin their April Showers community service event. Girl scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items. Girl Scouts can be seen outside participating Schnucks, Walmart or other rural stores collecting personal care items for individuals and families in need. The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and its clients greatly benefit from this yearly program.  Please give generously to April Showers and help the Girl Scout’s help the pantry.

O.A.S.I.S. Volunteer Needed

The pantry is looking for a volunteer to collect and record O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry ‘In-Kind’ donation data. The volunteer in this role enters data from donation logs and invoices into an Excel spreadsheet. The volunteer would need to commit to 3 to 5 hours a month and needs to be comfortable using the MS Excel program. Data entry can be performed at home; however, donation logs and invoices would need to be picked up from the pantry. The ‘In-Kind’ donation report needs to be completed by the 15th of every month. For more information about this volunteer role please contact Mike Wraspir at 636-293-1184.

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members
1990-2020 Celebrating 30 Years of Service to St. Charles County