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

Thrivent Community Meal Packing Event

A favorite food item supplied by the pantry is a taco meal kit, which consists of taco shells, refried beans, salsa, rice, and taco seasoning. Kelly Brickner, Wealth Manager at Thrivent Financial, organized and supplied items for a Thrivent Community Meal Packing Event held March 14th at Messiah Lutheran Church. Over 80 people met at the Church and packed 800 taco meal kits for the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. It was a moving experience to see so many people, men, women, and children, come together to help those less fortunate. Many thanks to Kelly Brickner, Thrivent Financial, O.A.S.I.S. volunteers, and the packers for making this event a huge success.

Where’s the Beef?

It’s at the pantry! A big thank you goes out to Skip Hampton and Novus International for donating another steer to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. Receiving these meat donations goes a long way to help us provide a variety of healthy food options for our client families.

Attention Thrivent Members

Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in St. Charles County (O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry) has been approved to participate in the Thrivent Choice Program.

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

O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet – Monday, June 3

The O.A.S.I.S. annual Golf tournament is the food pantry’s major fund raiser. Funds raised at last year’s event allowed the pantry to purchase and distribute additional food to 1,600 low-income school-aged children during summer months when school meals are not available. Funds from this year’s event will go towards the purchase of a much-needed used van for daily food item pick-ups from local grocery stores

For further details about the golf tournament visit the pantry web site at www.OASISfoodpantry.com, the golf tournament brochure is available for viewing on-line in the upcoming events calendar.

Volunteers Needed

Hot Dog Chef

O.A.S.I.S. is currently seeking two committed volunteers to grill and serve hot dogs on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30am. Hot dogs are cooked inside on a George Foreman Grill during winter weather, but during nice weather they are cooked outside on a gas grill under a covered porch. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Paul Fellin at paul.fellin@att.net or by phone at 314-895-6206.

Thrift Store Volunteer

The newly re-organized O.A.S.I.S Thrift Store is up and running and can use a few more volunteers. Thrift Store hours are 10am to 3pm Wednesday through Saturday and Thursday evenings 4:30pm to 8:30pm. If you have an interest in volunteering please contact Diana Mayfield by email relyondiana2@gmail.com or by phone 314-583-5599.

Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

OASIS Has Been Added to Thrivent Choice Catalog

Attention Thrivent Members:

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry has now been added to the Thrivent Choice catalog. What this means is eligible Thrivent members can recommend where Thrivent distributes a portion of its charitable funding by directing Choice Dollars. Thrivent members become eligible for Thrivent Choice Dollars based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership.

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 Outreach Assistance Serving Individuals in St. Charles Cty. on the Thrivent Choice catalog is by zip code 63301.

To direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry have your Thrivent member number handy and call Thrivent at 1-800-847-4836 and ask for membership, they will be able to walk you through the process. Alternately, you can log on to the Thrivent web site select My Thrivent, and Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to access the catalog.

The clock is ticking, all 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars must be directed by March 31. Please consider the food pantry for your Thrivent Choice Dollars.

Thank you for your support.

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

Hot Dog Chef Needed – Saturdays Mornings 9:30am to 11:30am

As a way to make our pantry clients and their children feel welcome we began a tradition of serving hot dogs on Saturday mornings while clients wait for their food. We are currently seeking a committed volunteer to become the Saturday morning hot dog chef. During inclement weather the hot dogs are cooked inside the building on a George Foreman grill and handed out through a window to a covered porch. During nice weather the dogs are grilled on a gas grill outside on the covered porch. Extensive grilling experience is not required but a firm commitment is required for this volunteer role. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Paul Fellin at paul.fellin@att.net or by phone at 314-895-6206.

Canned Fruit Needed

This has been a rough winter – and it’s not over yet.  During winter months fresh fruit donations are not readily available and we find we’ve been running short of canned fruits. Please donate canned fruits to help keep our clients healthy though the rest of the winter months. Canned fruits can be dropped off at the food pantry 1814 Boones Lick Road, St. Charles or donated through your church. Thank you for your help.

O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet – June 3

The 13th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 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. You can still support this event even if you are not a golfer, just get a group together to attend the banquet and silent auction – it’s a fun time for everyone. For more information about the golf tournament check out the brochure in the upcoming events calendar on the panty web site oasisfoodpantry.com.

Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

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

Pantry Help Needed

Do you have a few hours to share on Monday mornings? Do you like variety? Then this might be the volunteer role for you. The pantry is searching for a volunteer to help with miscellaneous pantry tasks which include, but are not limited to, sorting, boxing, and shelving of food items. This volunteer role is partnered with an experienced pantry worker to learn pantry organization and functions from the inside out. If you have an interest in learning more about this volunteer role, please contact Mike Wraspir at the pantry by phone 636-723-0037, or email at oasisfoodpan.com. Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Making Children Smile – O.A.S.I.S. Christmas Shop

This year the O.A.S.I.S. Christmas Shop outfitted 650 St. Charles children in need with Christmas gifts and a warm winter coat. This is a wonderful opportunity to help those in need have a Merry Christmas. We feel blessed that so many generous people donated coats, toys, and their time during the busy holiday season to make this event a success.

The O.A.S.I.S. Thrift Store has a Face Lift

Come visit our new and improved Thrift Store! Check out our low prices on quality clothing (all ages and sizes), household décor, and children’s books and toys. Stop by to see what we have stocked in the store on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am to 3pm or Thursday evenings 4:30pm to 8:30pm. If you can’t stop by, take a look at our on-line catalog at oasisfoodpantry.com Thrift Store tab. Donations of gently used items can be made by emailing Diana at oasisthriftstorestcharles@gmail.com. Funds generated by the Thrift Store are used to supply food and personal care items for the pantry.

Annual Youth Food Challenge

On your mark, get set, go!  The annual Youth Food Challenge begins February 10th and runs through March 3rd.  This is a fun annual competition with our pantry clients being the ultimate winners. Check your church bulletins for the weekly items list and let the shopping begin. Good luck to all the teams!

Five Months and Counting – O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet

The O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet is five months away – 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 13th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 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. You can still support this event even if you are not a golfer, just get a group together to attend the banquet – it’s a fun time for everyone. Let’s make this year’s Tournament the best one yet!

Thank you for continuing to support this important mission,

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

OASIS News for January 2019

Monsanto Fund Grant Received for 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program

We feel blessed to report the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry will receive a $5000 grant from Monsanto Fund to help O.A.S.I.S. fund the 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program. This program was developed to supplement summer food resources for low-income families with school-age children when free and reduced-price meals are not available through schools. Each family with school-aged children visiting the pantry during June, July, and August receive 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 2000 children benefit from this program.

We are sending a big THANK YOU to Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Bayer, for their generous backing of our 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program. With this grant we are a step closer to reaching our goal of providing needed food resources to low-income families and their school-aged children.

Annual Youth Food Challenge

On your mark, get set, go!  The annual Youth Food Challenge begins in February. After last years close race to the finish the competition is really heating up, so get ready to up your game. Get those grocery bags out and let’s get shopping!

2019 Pantry Scheduled Closings

  • January 1 New Year’s Day
  • April 20 Easter Weekend
  • May 26 Memorial Day
  • July 4 Independence Day
  • August 31 Labor Day Weekend
  • November 23 Scouting for Food
  • November 30 Thanksgiving Weekend
  • December 24 Christmas Eve
  • December 31 New Year’s Eve

Inclement weather:  the food pantry will close if St. Charles, Francis Howell or Fort Zumwalt school districts announce closure due to weather conditions.

Save the Date – O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet

It’s never too early to get in a few practice swings to get ready for the 13th Annual O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament and Banquet scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 at Old Hickory Golf Club. This is the pantry’s major fund raiser for purchases of food and personal care items distributed at the pantry, and a really fun day on the golf course. Mark your calendars!

Thank you for your continued support for last year and in the new year,

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members

Volunteers Needed for OASIS Christmas Shop

Volunteers are still needed for the OASIS Christmas Shop:

  • 12/08 Saturday – 13 volunteer slots still open
  • 12/09 Sunday –  3 volunteer slots still open
  • Dec 8th Saturday 7:30AM – Noon:  Training + Work Christmas Shop greeting shoppers, helping select toys, carrying bags, and creating a positive experience for our guests.
  • Dec 9th Sunday 12:30 – 4PM:  Training, Work Christmas Shop and help clean up.

If you can help please email Pam Russina at pam.russina@att.net.

Helping Hands for the Holidays – December 13

Helping Hands for the Holidays offers FREE holiday dinners, photos with Santa, activities and games for children, free personal care items, health screenings, winter clothing and access to local community resources for anyone in need in the community. No registration or pre-qualification required. For more information, please call (636) 669-3000 or email HHH@scmocc.com.

OASIS News for December 2018

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.

WANT ADS – Volunteers Needed!

OASIS Christmas Shop – Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th

Get your Christmas spirit in gear by helping at the annual OASIS 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 located at 1795 Old Hwy. 94, St. Charles, MO.

Volunteers over the age of 18 are still needed to work the following dates:

  • Saturday, December 8th – 7:30am until noon
    Volunteers will be trained then work the Christmas Shop greeting shoppers, helping select toys, carrying bags, and creating a positive experience for shoppers (pantry clients).
  • Sunday, December 9th – 12:30pm until 4:30pm
    Volunteers will be trained, work the Christmas Shop, then pack up toys, and clean up.

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

Pantry Drivers – Ongoing

O.A.S.I.S is seeking two people to do the Wednesday morning Schnucks/Dierbergs food donation pick-up.  This entails pick-up and delivery of food items from the designated grocery stores and takes about 3 hours (approximately 8am to 11am) using an O.A.S.I.S. cargo van. Drivers must have valid car insurance, a valid driver’s license, and the ability to lift at least 30 pounds unassisted. If you or you know someone who might be interested please contact Mike Wraspir by email at oasisfoodpan@aol.com or by phone 636-723-0037 at the food pantry.

Thrift Store Workers – Ongoing

The O.A.S.I.S Thrift Store is up and running but is short on volunteers. Donated items sold at the Thrift Store is one way the pantry raises funds to purchase food and personal care items for distribution at the pantry. Thrift Store hours are 10am until 3pm Wednesday through Saturday and Thursday evenings 4:30pm to 8:30pm.  If you or your church group (men or women) are looking for a fun service project and can give about 5 hours of your time per week to the Thrift Store, please contact Diana Mayfield by email relyondiana2@gmail.com or by phone 314-583-5599.

Birthday Bag Mission – Ongoing

The Food Pantry is seeking someone interested in helping with the Birthday Bag mission at O.A.S.I.S. This mission assembles a birthday kit for clients whose children will have a birthday during the month. The bags include a cake mix, frosting and a book or DVD for school-aged children. This is a flexible volunteer role where you can create your own schedule. Only 1-3 hours per week and fill-in when needed.  Contact Susan Petrosky 636-922-7421 if you have time to help.

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