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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

February 2020 O.A.S.I.S. News

Save The Date – Monday, June 1, 2020 – 14th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet

Five months and counting until the O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet — but it’s not too early to start recruiting a foursome for an entertaining day on the golf course with a delicious meal to follow. The 14th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2020 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. Don’t worry, if you are not a golfer you can still support this cause by getting a group together for a great meal and an exciting time bidding for items at the auctions.

This year’s banquet will be a time of celebration; first to celebrate and honor the life of Bob Schreiber, an ardent O.A.S.I.S. and Golf Tournament supporter, and second to celebrate 30 years of  O.A.S.I.S. community service to St. Charles County. Let’s make this an event to remember!

Annual Youth Food Challenge

On your mark, get set, go! The annual Youth Food Challenge begins February 9th and runs through March 1st. This is a fun Youth Group competition with our pantry clients being the ultimate winners. Watch your church bulletins for the weekly items list and please donate generously, this program keeps our shelves full into spring and summer. Let the shopping begin!!!

Thrivent Choice Dollars

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry is on the Thrivent Choice catalog, which means Thrivent members with Choice Dollars can direct those funds to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. The Thrivent Choice catalog lists the food pantry as Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in St. Charles Cty. not O.A.S.I.S. The easiest way to find O.A.S.I.S. on the Thrivent Choice catalog is by zip code 63301.

Please consider the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry for your Thrivent Choice Dollars.

O.A.S.I.S.  Food Pantry News – December 2019

Four Reasons to Volunteer for a Healthier, Happier Holiday and New Year

  1. Giving of your time makes you feel happy.
  2. Volunteering increases your self-confidence.
  3. Doing good for others gives you a sense of accomplishment.
  4. Developing pride and identity through your volunteer role.

Do something for yourself by sharing your time with O.A.S.I.S. now and in the new year.

Elves Needed for OASIS Christmas Shop

Wednesday, December 4th – Friday, December 6th – Saturday, December 7th – Sunday, December 8th

Get your Christmas spirit in gear by helping at the annual O.A.S.I.S. Christmas Shop. This All-Volunteer event gives our pantry clients the opportunity to ‘shop’ for donated Christmas toys and winter wear for their family.  Clients sign-up at the Food Pantry to participate in the event which takes place over the weekend of December 7th at Hope Lutheran Family Center 1795 Old Hwy. 94, St. Charles, MO.

Fund raising and toy drives are in full swing, but we can’t have a Christmas Shop without a bunch of elves. We are looking for a small army of volunteers to help with the O.A.S.I.S. Christmas shop and are hoping to count on you!  If you can help during any of the following dates/times please reply to Pam Russina with your name, the day(s) you’d like to volunteer, and the number/names/emails of additional helpers.

Volunteers for Sat/Sun must be age 18 or over; although teenagers can help alongside a parent.  Just let us know if your son/daughter will be joining you when you sign up.  On Friday you may come and go as you need, but if you sign up to volunteer for Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday you need to commit for the entire time.

Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Dec. 4th Wednesday 3:30-4:30PM – Unload the first truck and move coat racks from storage.  If you have a truck to help us transport the coat racks this is a plus! I only need 6 volunteers, but they must be physically able to carry coat racks down a flight of steps.
  2. Dec. 6th Friday 1:30PM – 4:30PM:  Unload trucks, Carry, count, sort, and set-up toys.
  3. Dec. 7th Saturday 7:30AM – Noon:  Training + Work Christmas Shop greeting shoppers, helping select toys, carrying bags, and generally making the experience a good one for our guests.
  4. Dec. 8th Sunday 12:30 – 4PM:  Training, Work Christmas Shop, Pack up toys, and Clean Up.

Please contact Pam Russina at pam.russina@att.net if you can help.

Birthday Bag Mission – Cake Mixes Needed

The Food Pantry is seeking cake mix donations for the Birthday Bag mission at O.A.S.I.S. This mission assembles a birthday kit for client children having a birthday during the month they visit the food pantry. The birthday bag includes a cake mix, frosting, plates, napkins and a book or DVD – everything needed for a birthday celebration. Cake mix donations can be dropped off at the pantry or sent through your church.

Wishing you and yours God’s Blessings and a very Merry Christmas.
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

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