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October 2021 O.A.S.I.S. Quarterly Newsletter

Children’s Summer Food Program.

The 2021 Children’s Summer Food Program concluded at the end of August, with 551 school-aged children receiving additional food during summer months to help reduce their summer food costs. This year O.A.S.I.S. was blessed with free breakfast items from the Salvation Army and Operation Food Search reducing the program cost from $15 to $8 per child. That cost savings enabled the pantry to distribute sliced cheese to families with school-aged children throughout September and October.

Successful Household Bag Drives

A big thank you goes out to Peace and Living Lord Lutheran Churches each for holding successful Household Items drive, donating nearly 200 items. Household items like dish detergent, hand soap, and trash bags are needed to run a household, but cannot be purchased with SNAP funds (food stamps). The pantry and its clients appreciate your generosity and support of this new program.

O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Thrift Store – Saturday Volunteer Needed

Sadly, Angie, our Thrift Store Manager, is moving and must give up her volunteer role at the store. Angie did a wonderful job and her shoes will be hard to fill, but fortunately, two Thrift Store volunteers stepped up to begin co-managing store operations starting in November. That being said, the Thrift Store is now short on volunteers for the Saturday opening from 10AM to 3PM. For more information about volunteering at the Thrift Store please call (636)284-8962 or email

O.A.S.I.S. Upcoming Donation Events

  • November 20 Boy Scout Food Drive
  • November 25 Fleet Feet Turkey Trot, St. Charles Arena
  • December 4-5 O.A.S.I.S. Christmas Shop at Hope Lutheran

NOTE: An updated O.A.S.I.S. Shopping List can be found on the web site at

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and Thrift Store
Board of Directors

Free Oil Change Days – Oct. 9 & 23

Oil Change For Single Moms and Struggling Families

Free oil change for single parents & low-income families at both Calvary Church’s St. Charles & Mid Rivers Campuses

St. Charles Campus | Saturday, October 9
Time: 9 am – 12 pm
1701 N. 2nd St., St. Charles, MO 63301

Mid Rivers Campus | Saturday, October 23
Time 9 am – 12 pm
3998 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376

Appointment Required (Click on the campus link below) We must have the year, make, model and complete vehicle identification number, which can be found on your insurance card or dashboard.

Registration for appointments closes at noon on the Wednesday prior to the oil change date.

July 2021 O.A.S.I.S. Quarterly Newsletter

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
  • Sponges
  • 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

O.A.S.I.S. Thrift Shop – Volunteers Needed

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.

If you are available to volunteer please email Angie at or call the Thrift Store at (636) 284-8962 for more information.