The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry serves the needs of Saint Charles County residents. We offer a variety of fresh, frozen and canned foodstuffs, as well as basic hygiene items to qualified recipients.
The pantry is open to clients:
Tuesday & Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday & Saturday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM
Donations can be dropped off Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 7:30am – 11:30am or call to make arrangements.
In 2021 we are closed on the following days:
Saturday, Apr. 3 ……. Easter Weekend
Saturday, May 29 …….. Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday, Jul. 3 ……. Independence Day
Saturday, Sep. 4 ……. Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 20 …….. Boy Scout Food Drive
Thursday, Nov. 25 ……. Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, Nov. 27 …….. Thanksgiving Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 25 ……. Christmas Day
OASIS FOOD PANTRY CLOSURE WILL BE POSTED ON LOCAL CHANNELS 2 AND 4.
For other types of help – United Way Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 427-4626 (TTY 1-866-385-6525) or visit 211Helps.org
Food Pantry FAQs
1. I am having trouble finding the food pantry. How can I find it?
Our address is 1814 Boone’s Lick (rear) in St. Charles, MO. You should exit Interstate 70 north onto Highway 94 (First Capitol). Turn right at the first street which is Boone’s Lick Road. Drive around the roundabout and come out onto Boone’s Lick. Turn left into the first driveway and drive around to the rear. We are directly behind the Burger King Restaurant. Our phone number is 636.723.0037. Since we are entirely staffed by volunteers, there are times when no one is available to answer the phone. You will hear recorded information and you can leave a message. (click here for location map)
2. Who can come to the pantry?
Anyone can come during our scheduled openings once a calendar month. You will receive a small OASIS food order plus USDA food if you qualify according to Government guidelines.
Food Pantry hours are Tuesday evening 7-8:30pm, Thursday morning 10-11:30am, Thursday evening 7-8:30pm, and Saturday morning 10-11:30am.
3. How do I receive a permanent client number?
You will be asked to provide proof of residency in St. Charles County. This can be a recent utility bill showing your name and address or other official paperwork with your name and address.
We suggest that you come with documentation as listed below or a referral on your first visit, so that you will receive a larger amount of food plus hygiene, other special items, and a permanent client number.
Acceptable Referral Documents:
- Referral Letter from MO-DSS, other social service agency, church, or school.
- SNAP/Food Stamp Approval Letter
- Social Security Office Award Level (includes SSI, Disability, etc.)
- SSA 1099 Benefit Statements
- Division of Employment Security Award Letter
- MO HealthNet (Medicaid) or WIC Award Letter or similar government issued document showing financial need.
4. Why do you ask for documentation or a referral?
We believe our help should only go to those who are truly in need of assistance. We rely on government agencies and other qualified social organizations to determine if people are actually struggling and in need of food supplementation.
5. If I do not qualify for any government programs, where do I go for a referral?
We accept referrals from the Missouri Division of Social Services at 3737 Truman Blvd., St. Peters (636.940.3170) or from NECAC, 3400 Meadow Pointe Drive, O’Fallon (636.272.3477).
We usually accept referrals from the Salvation Army and other social service organizations and churches qualified to determine need. The referral must list the name, age and date of birth of each person in the household. It must be on the organization’s letterhead and be signed by someone in authority.
You will also be asked to provide proof of residency in St. Charles City or County. This can be a recent utility bill showing your name and address. A driver’s license cannot be used for this purpose.
6. How often can I come for food?
You may come once each calendar month. This means once in January, once in February, once in March, etc. It does not need to be the same time of the month.
7. How much and what food will I receive after I bring a referral?
The amount of food will depend on your family size and whether you are eligible to receive USDA food. Larger families receive a greater amount of food. Most of the food you receive will be non-perishable canned or boxed items and some frozen items. You will also receive several basic hygiene items such as toilet paper, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. We anticipate the non-perishable and frozen items will last from 7 to 10 days.
8. Will I always receive the same items?
Normally you will receive the same items except for occasional fresh produce and a few special items that are donated which we normally do not stock. We stock a specific list of food items and attempt to give the same quantity each time. This allows you to know what groceries you will receive so you can plan accordingly. The USDA items vary from month to month.
9. Since I can come only once a calendar month and will only receive food for 7 to 10 days, what am I to do for food the remainder of the month?
We do not attempt to be the only source of food for anyone. Many clients that come to us for help are working but cannot afford enough food for the entire month without some assistance. Some receive food stamps and some visit other pantries. Please contact the United Way by dialing 211 for more resources.
10. Do you provide help with utility bills and rent payments?
We do not provide help with rent or other payments. Please refer to the Community Council Resource Guide for other sources of assistance. We do have a thrift shop where clothing and small household items can be purchased at very low prices. Proceeds from the thrift shop fund overall operations and purchase food for the pantry. For other types of assistance, please contact the United Way by dialing 211.
11. Who runs the food pantry?
The pantry and thrift shop are run by volunteers from a group of churches throughout St. Charles County. There is a Board of Directors consisting of representatives from each supporting church. A different church provides the volunteers on a monthly basis each time the pantry is open for client visits. Our Executive Director, also a volunteer, runs the day to day operations assisted by numerous volunteers. There are no paid personnel at O.A.S.I.S.
Food Pantry Prayer
“A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9
Lord, we pray for the hungry and hurting in our surrounding communities and that their
nutritional and spiritual needs will be met.
We pray for the volunteers who maintain the food pantry and serve our clients each week.
We thank you for the blessings of food and resources to purchase the food as needed. Bless all
those good stewards who give their time, talents, and finances helping those in need.
May the food given nourish the bodies of the individuals and families that receive it, and may
they give praise to the Lord for he is good.
In Jesus name, Amen.