The 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is on Saturday, May 12. CLICK HERE for more info!
A huge THANK YOU to St. Charles Christian Home Educators’ (SCCHE) choirs who put on two dessert theaters March 9-10 at Grace Community Chapel, St Peters collecting items for O.A.S.I.S. The pictures represent the two groups that performed on the 9th and 10th and the food they collected at the two events. They also received cash donations (over $800) which they in turn went to ALDI and purchased much of the items in the picture.
It was another great year for the O.A.S.I.S. Church Youth Food Challenge. The donations just kept coming and we just kept counting and the total came to 22,567 items. We are sending a BIG thank you to the ten churches that participated this year. There will be many smiling faces at the pantry as we distribute all your donations. Great job everyone!
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri are celebrating the 20th anniversary for the April Showers community service program. Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends help people in need by collecting personal care items. Last year more than 1.3 million personal care items were collected and distributed. The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry and its clients greatly benefit from this yearly program. Please check your door or porch April 20 through 22 for the “April Showers Bag” distributed by your local Girl Scout troop and give generously.
April 21 Girl Scouts will be collecting hygiene items at local grocery stores.
April 28 Filled bags will be collected and counted, then distributed to pantry’s and shelters.
At O.A.S.I.S. our goal is to give our clients a variety of foods and hygiene products to make their lives better. Even with all the donations we receive, there are times we must purchase items to fulfill client needs. Additionally, this summer we are planning a Children’s Summer Food Program to provide food aid to families with school-aged children during the summer when free school meals are unavailable.
The O.A.S.I.S. Golf Tournament is our principal yearly fundraiser and is planned for Monday, June 4 at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters. We need your support to make this event a success. Here are some of the 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
For more details about the Golf Tournament or to sign up, please visit our website at oasisfoodpantry.com.
Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members
Calvary Church Mid Rivers Campus and St. Charles Campus are offering free oil changes for single moms on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 28. Appointments are required. Call (636) 939-4343 M-F 9am-4:30pm to schedule.
One Saturday each month, qualifying pet owners will receive free food for their dog or cat through the St. Charles County Pet Food Pantry. The program will distribute dry pet food to participating families on a first come first serve basis at the Pet Adoption Center, 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive.
Schnucks again selected the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry as the March 2018 recipient of the Bags 4 My Cause Program. What this means is for each ‘Hunger’ reusable bag sold during March at specific Schnucks groceries, the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry will receive $1. O.A.S.I.S. has been selected several times and each time we have been rewarded with $75 to $85. This is a great program to help eliminate paper and plastic bag refuge and feed the hungry. If you have been thinking about ‘going green’ with reusable grocery bags, now is the time. Just stop by the Schnucks store listed below during the month of March to purchase your reusable grocery bags. What a great way to go “Green” and help the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry.
Here is the Schnucks store participating in the March program:
3029 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO
Remember each bag sold = $1 to O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry
In 1990 the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry opened its doors and began its mission by helping feed a few dozen families. A lot has changed over the years and in 2017 O.A.S.I.S. helped feed about 480 families per month serving approximately 5,716 clients. The quantity and variety of foods has evolved from sharing whatever was donated to a fixed food list, and supplementing with USDA foods and personal hygiene items. O.A.S.I.S. pantry doors are open about 17 times a month to help those in need, and it is estimated we currently distribute food items that supplement 11,000 meals per month. Many of our St. Charles County pantry patrons are families and at least 50% of those families have children, but we also serve disabled individuals, and retirees. Most clients come for help because their limited income does not stretch far enough to cover basic needs.
The O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry continues to function and grow due to all the support we receive from businesses, organizations, schools, and churches. To help fill our shelves we partner with the St. Louis Area Food Bank, the USDA, and Operation Food Search. To do all the hands-on work: food collection, stocking, distribution, and administration we rely completely on volunteers. We are blessed and grateful for all the support we have received over the years — without which we might still be serving only a few dozen families.
Thank you for your continued support,
O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry Board Members
The Thrift Store is in need of furniture! It sells FAST and we currently have none. Please consider donating furniture to the OASIS Thrift Store. We can even pick up furniture donations in St. Charles and St. Peters area. Please call Loretta MacCallum with questions at (636) 233-1237. (Please no TV’s or entertainment centers.)
Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is seeking applications from people who live or work in St. Charles County that would like to buy a home through the Habitat partnership. Individuals and families are approved and selected based on need, residency or employment in St. Charles County, ability to pay and willingness to partner.
Applications are accepted February 1st – February 16th and can be found online at www.habitatstcharles.org along with more details.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-978-5712 x 118.
For people in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, finding help can be challenging. Coordinated Entry creates a simpler way for people to get the help they need.
Coordinated Entry creates an easy to use and efficient way for people experiencing housing insecurity to access services. All housing services are accessed through a single phone number, United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline, connected to a centralized case management team.
Coordinated Entry uses an unbiased system for prioritizing people for placement in services. Households complete only one assessment that includes a research-based questionnaire to rank their level of vulnerability based on age, health, disability, mental health, available resources and other factors.
Coordinated Entry provides a more efficient system for nonprofit service providers. Since all calls and assessments are handled by the Coordinated Entry team, case managers at nonprofit agencies can focus on getting clients housed more quickly.
Coordinated Entry provides data to help our community better plan for housing needs. All calls go through a centralized number, so we can better track requests for assistance, referrals, services provided and contributing factors to homelessness.
CLICK HERE for a printable flier with step-by-step instructions for accessing housing services through Coordinated Entry.
To learn more about Coordinated Entry and how it works, watch this step-by-step video.