Children’s Summer Food Program
The Children’s Summer Food Program is in full swing at O.A.S.I.S. The goal of this program is to supplement summer food resources for low-income families with school-age children. Each family with school-aged children visiting the pantry during June, July, and August receives an additional food package to help reduce their summer food costs. Our budget for this program runs about $15 per child and we estimate more than 1,500 children benefit from this program. The 2021 program is sponsored in part by the Bayer Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer.
New Household Items Program Initiated at O.A.S.I.S.
As you probably are aware, items like dish detergent, hand soap, and trash bags, are necessary to run a household and are expensive. Unfortunately, these non-food items cannot be purchased with SNAP funds (food stamps).
Last spring O.A.S.I.S. tested a new program to provide household items to clients visiting the pantry. Client response to the new program was very positive and the O.A.S.I.S. board decided to incorporate the Household Items program into the annual budget at about $16 per bag distributed. Your help getting this new program off the ground would be appreciated. Donations of the following items can be dropped off at your church or directly at the food pantry.
- Paper towels
- Facial Tissue
- Dish Detergent
- Anti-bacterial pump hand soap
- Resealable plastic storage bags (like Ziploc)
- Plastic wrap
- Kitchen trash bags
- Dryer Sheets
- Household Cleaner (like 409)
- Laundry prewash spray
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Paper napkins
- Paper plates
Caring and Sharing
2020 was a tough year for many, but the generosity of our community has been overwhelming. O.A.S.I.S. is grateful for those blessings and also pleased to share our bounty with other outreach organizations. To pay it forward, O.A.S.I.S. donated five cases of canned tuna to God’s Helping Hands in North St. Louis and $2,000 to We Love St. Charles School Backpack program. Together we can do so much!
We thank you and our clients thank you for your continued support to this important community ministry.
The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and Thrift Store
Board of Directors