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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

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry News – March 2020

O.A.S.I.S. 14th Annual Golf Tournament and Banquet
Celebrating 30 Years Community Service and Honoring the Life of Bob Schreiber

Mark your calendar, the O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet is scheduled for Monday, June 1st

at Old Hickory Golf Club. This is the food pantry’s major fund raiser, and monies raised will be used to purchase food and personal care items distributed to pantry clients. It’s a fun time for everyone, even non-golfers can get a group together to help the pantry by enjoying a meal together and participating in the auctions.

Attention Thrivent Members – Choice Dollars must be Directed by March 31st

If you have Thrivent Choice Dollars and wish to direct them to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry, have your Thrivent number handy and call Thrivent at 1-800-847-4836 and ask for Thrivent Choice.  Via the Thrivent web site, choose My Thrivent and Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars. When using the on-line Thrivent Choice catalog, you can find the food pantry by name, city, or zip code as follows:

  • Name: Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in St. Charles Cty. (O.A.S.I.S.)
  • City: St. Charles
  • Zip: Code; 63301

Where’s the Beef?

It’s at O.A.S.I.S.! A big thank you goes out to Skip Hampton and Novus International for all the 2019 meat donations, including 3 head of steer and 6 hogs. Receiving these meat donations goes a long way to help us provide a variety of healthy food options for our client families — keeping the next generation healthy benefits us all.

Did Someone Say Ice Bowl?

No, it’s not a fancy ice cream dessert, but it does connect to food. Since 2012 the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club holds an annual Ice Bowl contest at Quail Ridge Park. It’s a tough course with no wimps or whiners allowed, but it is a fun day outdoors and it benefits the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. This year the Disc Club collected almost $1800 in cash and 1700 pounds in canned goods for the food pantry. Now that should get the players some hot chocolate!

Annual Youth Food Challenge

This year’s challenge continued into the first week of March. The winner of the 2020 challenge will be announced next month. Good luck to all the participants!

Thank you for making a difference in St. Charles County
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

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