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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

March News at the Pantry

Schnucks “Hunger Bag”

Schnucks again selected the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry as the March 2018 recipient of the Bags 4 My Cause Program. What this means is for each ‘Hunger’ reusable bag sold during March at specific Schnucks groceries, the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry will receive $1. O.A.S.I.S. has been selected several times and each time we have been rewarded with $75 to $85.  This is a great program to help eliminate paper and plastic bag refuge and feed the hungry. If you have been thinking about ‘going green’ with reusable grocery bags, now is the time. Just stop by the Schnucks store listed below during the month of March to purchase your reusable grocery bags.  What a great way to go “Green” and help the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry.

Here is the Schnucks store participating in the March program:

3029 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO

Remember each bag sold = $1 to O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry

There is still a Need to Feed

In 1990 the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry opened its doors and began its mission by helping feed a few dozen families. A lot has changed over the years and in 2017 O.A.S.I.S. helped feed about 480 families per month serving approximately 5,716 clients. The quantity and variety of foods has evolved from sharing whatever was donated to a fixed food list, and supplementing with USDA foods and personal hygiene items. O.A.S.I.S. pantry doors are open about 17 times a month to help those in need, and it is estimated we currently distribute food items that supplement 11,000 meals per month.  Many of our St. Charles County pantry patrons are families and at least 50% of those families have children, but we also serve disabled individuals, and retirees. Most clients come for help because their limited income does not stretch far enough to cover basic needs.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry continues to function and grow due to all the support we receive from businesses, organizations, schools, and churches. To help fill our shelves we partner with the St. Louis Area Food Bank, the USDA, and Operation Food Search. To do all the hands-on work:  food collection, stocking, distribution, and administration we rely completely on volunteers. We are blessed and grateful for all the support we have received over the years — without which we might still be serving only a few dozen families.

Thank you for your continued support,

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

Thrift Store Requesting Furniture

The Thrift Store is in need of furniture! It sells FAST and we currently have none. Please consider donating furniture to the OASIS Thrift Store. We can even pick up furniture donations in St. Charles and St. Peters area. Please call Loretta MacCallum with questions at (636) 233-1237. (Please no TV’s or entertainment centers.)