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O.A.S.I.S.  Food Pantry News – October 2018

$4000 Grant Received from Emerson

Sending a big thank you to our friends at Emerson for sending a $4000 grant to the food pantry. This is a wonderful and unexpected gift that will be used to purchase needed food and personal care items for our pantry shelves. Applause, Applause!

Volunteers Needed!

Drivers

O.A.S.I.S is seeking two people to do the Wednesday morning Schnucks/Dierbergs food donation pick-up.  This entails pick-up and delivery of food items from the designated grocery stores and takes about 3 hours (approximately 8am to 11am) using an O.A.S.I.S. cargo van. Drivers must have valid car insurance, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to lift at least 30 pounds unassisted. If you or you know someone who might be interested please contact Mike Wraspir by email at O.A.S.I.Sfoodpan@aol.com or by phone 636-723-0037 at the food pantry.

Thrift Store Workers

The O.A.S.I.S Thrift Store is up and running but is short on volunteers. Donated items sold at the Thrift Store is one way the pantry raises funds to purchase food and personal care items for distribution at the pantry. Thrift Store hours are 10am until 3pm Wednesday through Saturday and Thursday evenings 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  If you or your church group (men or women) are looking for a fun service project and can give about 5 hours of your time per week to the Thrift Store, please contact Diana Mayfield by email relyondiana2@gmail.com or by phone 314-583-5599.

Up and Coming Events that Benefit the O.A.S.I.S Food Pantry

Can’t volunteer, well here are two events where you can help the pantry through your attendance and/or participation. These special events go a long way to help keep our programs running.

Taste of St. Charles -Thursday, November 15th 6pm to 9pm.

Held at the St. Charles Convention Center and sponsored by the St. Charles Rotary Club. Part of the evening’s profit will be donated to O.A.S.I.S in the form of a grant for our 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program. Tickets $45 at the door, or available through O.A.S.I.S. Hope to see you there!

Scouting for Food – Food Drive Saturday, November 17th

This is the Boy Scouts annual canned food drive.  Please check your porch for the ‘scouting for food’ bags and remember to fill and place bags outside for pick up on the 17th. This program helps keep our shelves stocked throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of this worthy cause.
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

Taste of St. Charles on November 15

“Taste of St. Charles” will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 6 pm, at the St. Charles Convention Center.  This is sponsored by the St. Charles Rotary.  OASIS is selling tickets at $40 each.  Checks should be made out to OASIS and sent to OASIS with “Taste of St. Charles” written on the check.  Part of the evening’s profit will be donated to OASIS.

OASIS Food Pantry News for August

Drivers Needed

The OASIS Food Pantry is in need of volunteer drivers to pick-up food items on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We could use 2-3 drivers and particularly on Wednesday mornings.  If you or you know of someone who might be interested in these volunteer roles please phone the pantry at 636-293-1184 or email oasisfoodpan@aol.com.

O.A.S.I.S. Awarded Rotary Club Grant

We are excited to announce that the OASIS Food Pantry’s 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program has been selected to receive a grant from the Rotary Club of St. Charles. The OASIS Children’s Summer Food Program provides additional food items to families with school-aged children that visit the food pantry during summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available through schools.

Funding for the St. Charles Rotary grant is through proceeds from the 2018 Taste of St. Charles event, so when you attend this event you will also be supporting the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the St. Charles Convention Center ballroom from 6pm to 9pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to taste and sip some delicious fare from St. Charles’ best restaurants and also support low-income school-aged children. So, save the date for now, there will more information about the event and where and how to buy tickets in future news articles.

We thank you for your continued support.

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

St. Louis Crisis Nursery Parent Education Series

The St. Louis Crisis Nursery Family Empowerment Team warmly invites families currently residing in St. Charles County to a free Fall 2018 Parent Education Group Series! This four-session weekly series begins on August 23rd and ends on September 13th. These classes can meet a Children’s Division or Probation/Parole requirement. Children’s programming is also available during the classes for children ages 0 to 12 who are not otherwise enrolled in school or daycare. RSVPs are requested and can be made to the Family Empowerment Team at 636-940-0742. Questions? Please contact Nicole at 314-229-1834.

Double Up Heartland

Double Up Heartland will match every $1 you spend at participating farmers markets and grocery stores in Kansas and Missouri with another $1 FREE so you can buy more fruits and vegetables, up to $25 more per day.

St. Charles Schnucks would be the primary participating store for OASIS clients.

Learn more at http://www.doubleupheartland.org

Thanksgiving Donations Needed

Good morning FB Universe: I need your help please. As many of you know, The Brass Rail in O’Fallon Missouri feeds people in need for Thanksgiving every year for FREE. Last year we fed over 7000 people a hot Thanksgiving meal complete with all the trimmings. Well it’s nearly that time again and our goal this year is 10,000 meals; and this year we’d like to add a warm hat, gloves or mittens to EVERY order. So, we are humbly asking for donations to help us achieve this incredible goal. This is the first time we’ve had to ask for help, and we’re uncomfortable doing so, but the expense to feed 10,000 people and provide hats and gloves has gotten HUGE. If you have $5 or $10 or even some spare change, or can mail us a new winter hat, gloves or mittens, we’d be so grateful, and we promise you to put it to good use. If you would like to help please send to The Brass Rail 4601 Highway K O’Fallon MO 63368 Attn: Scott. And please share this with as many people as you can, maybe we can feed 12,000 with your help. Thank you so much.

Children’s Summer Food Program – Vatterott Grant Received

The O.A.S.I.S. Children’s Summer Food Program is aimed at supplementing school-age children’s food resources throughout the summer when free and reduced price meals are not available at schools. Each family with school-aged children visiting the pantry during June, July, and August will receive an additional food package that includes cereal, apple juice, bologna, hot dogs, cheese, granola bars, peanut butter, and mac and cheese. Costs for this program run about $15 per child and we estimate more than 2000 children will benefit from this program.

With those costs in mind, the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry feels very blessed to receive a $5000 grant towards our 2018 Children’s Summer Food Program from the Vatterott Family Youth Foundation. Not only did the Youth Foundation provide a $5000 grant they also came to the pantry to volunteer their time to pack the summer food bags and help distribute food. Receiving this grant is a great help in reaching our goal of providing needed food resources to low-income families and their school-aged children this summer. We are sending a big THANKS to the Vatterott Family Youth Foundation for their generous backing of our 2018 Children’s Summer Food Program.

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

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