Calvary Church is holding a Shoe Drive from August 7-22. New shoes only. For Girls: Flat-heeled casual & tennis shoes. For Boys: Casual & tennis shoes. Drop shoes off during normal business hours at Calvary Church (3998 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in St. Peters) or before or after church services in the lobby.
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.
Anti-bacterial pump hand soap
Resealable plastic storage bags (like Ziploc)
Kitchen trash bags
Household Cleaner (like 409)
Laundry prewash spray
Toilet bowl cleaner
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
The Thrift Shop is looking for volunteers to help on Fridays and/or Saturdays from 10AM to 3PM. The volunteer(s) would help price items, display donated items in the store, and help put purchased items in customer vehicles. You would be working in the Thrift Shop with other volunteers.
St. Louis Area Foodbank is holding PetCare Pride Day to feed pets and people on Tuesday, May 18 from 10am-noon at the Purina downtown campus. This is a drive-through food distribution event for people who are in need of food and/or pet food.
Schnucks Grocery Stores selected the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry to be the recipient of their Scan and Go Drive program.
Beginning today, March 29th until Sunday April 11th, select Schnucks stores will be selling $10 tear pads, for a Scan and Go drive at the register to benefit the Oasis Food Pantry. At the end of this two-week period, all funds generated from the Scan and Go drive will be presented to the Oasis Food Pantry.
Please stop by any of the following Schnucks stores 3/29/2021 until 4/11/2021 and ask at the register to make your donation.
Store 101 Florissant
Store 176 Lindenwood
Store 111 Zumbehl
Store 191 Bridgeton
Store 117 Dorsett
Store 228 Harvester Square
Store 138 Harvester
Store 231 St. John
Thank you for supporting the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry!
B H Tau Kappa Epsilon
Bellicino’s Restaurant / South County & Arnold MO
Charity Golf international
Cornerstone Wealth Management
Tom & Carol Cullinane
GLS Insurance Group
Lang Insurance Service
Medicare Plans St Charles
Mid States Valuation Solutions LLC
Raymond James Financial Services
RLK & Associates
Wednesday Beer Club
Monday, June 7, 2021It was disappointing to cancel last year’s Annual Golf Tournament but necessary to keep our volunteers and benefactors safe. 2020 is now in the rear-view mirror and we look forward to better days, sunny weather and spending time on the golf course with our O.A.S.I.S. friends and Golf enthusiasts.
Although many challenges remain the same, we learned a lot over the last year and feel able to bring back the Annual Golf Tournament with slight modifications. This year’s modified event will include a round of golf at beautiful Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, practice time, premium gift, a box lunch, and beverages. Following the round of golf there will be a social hour for golfers and volunteers, and a small auction.
This year is the 14th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and will honor the memory of Bob Schreiber, an ardent O.A.S.I.S. supporter and golfer. The golf tournament brochure is available for viewing HERE. We hope to see you there.
Youth Food Drive
This year the contest was not in the food drive but collecting food during a pandemic. The challenging times didn’t intimidate our church youth groups as a very successful food drive was held and the O.A.S.I.S. warehouse is now overflowing with food. A big thank you goes out to all the youth groups that participated, their leaders, and everyone that donated to help those less fortunate in our community.
Total healthcare cost of hunger and food insecurity is $160 billion a year. America’s hunger bill is much greater than we realize, affecting educational outcomes, labor productivity, crime rates, Gross Domestic Product and much more.
How You can Help
We feel so blessed to report that the O.A.S.I.S. warehouse is completely filled with food, but there are still ways you can help. You can bring a team and play golf at the O.A.S.I.S. Tournament, you can send a cash donation to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry, 1814 Boone’s Lick Road, St. Charles 63301; or donate through the O.A.S.I.S. web site. You can volunteer or offer your services to help with building maintenance. It takes all kinds of help to keep the pantry doors open. The O.A.S.I.S. Board and our clients are grateful for all the community support we receive.
During this extraordinary year, O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry celebrated 30 years of service to the St. Charles community. What a remarkable milestone for a 100% volunteer organization. With the help of our supporters and volunteers, our pantry doors remain open and we continue to help those less fortunate and vulnerable in St. Charles County. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic propelled our leadership into the greatest challenge in the pantry’s 30-year tenure. Our Annual Golf Tournament & Auction fundraiser was cancelled, as well as the Girl Scout, Boy Scout, and Letter Carrier Food Drives. A Thrivent Food Packing event was also cancelled.
Many of our long-serving volunteers retired from pantry work due to the potential risk from COVID-19 infection. Major decisions had to be made about whether to participate in events, where to find and buy food and hygiene products, how to develop a new food distribution process, how to keep our volunteers and clients safe, and how to recruit volunteers to fill vacancies during a pandemic. We worked through all obstacles the pandemic created and kept the pantry lights on and the doors open — even when several food pantries in the St. Louis area closed their doors.
Your donations, whether funds or food, have allowed us to respond to the rise in food insecurity and ensure nutritious food gets into the hands of the people who are most vulnerable. Volunteers risked their health to pick up food, stock shelves, work with clients and fill / deliver orders. Additionally, O.A.S.I.S. partnered with other local organizations struggling to find resources.
We gave additional food to families with school-aged children during summer break and cab rides for pantry clients without transportation. In December, our Christmas Store provided 126 families (434 children) with additional holiday gifts, coats, gloves, hats, etc. With our 100% volunteer team and your continued support, we served 3,360 St. Charles County families over the last year. We added 225 new client families in 2020.
We feel truly blessed with your overwhelming generosity. Together, with God’s help, we will get through this challenge and continue to make a difference in the St. Charles County community.
The OASIS Christmas Shop was a blessing for 126 families / 434 kids this weekend! Whether you’re a shopper, volunteer, a contributor, or prayer warrior… we needed you and you didn’t let us down. Thank you for sharing your time and talents; I hope you have the very best Christmas!