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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 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

St. Louis Turkey Trot on November 28

O.A.S.I.S. Supporters

The O.A.S.I.S food pantry continues to partner with Fleet Feet, sponsors of the Turkey Trot STL 5K run.  The St. Charles run last year collected over 3,200 food/hygiene items and $1,500 dollars to help us make a difference in our local area communities. We have again been designated as the charity organization for this year’s event.

What a great, fun, and healthy way to begin your Thanksgiving day.  The Turkey Trot STL 5K course in St. Charles held at The Family Arena is flat, fast, and friendly. It’s out-and-back section will allow participants to see and cheer their fellow athletes. The course is certified for distance accuracy by USA Track & Field (MO15025LJ). The 1/2 Mile Youth Race course is an out-and-back course that runs the first and last 1/4 miles of the 5K course.

Help from individuals like you allows the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry to continue making a difference. You can go to the website to find more information and sign up for Turkey Trot STL on November 28th to support them! If you can’t run check out the volunteer opportunities.

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

2019 Children’s Summer Food Program

The 2019 Children’s Summer Food Program was very successful in reaching out to families with school-aged children. This summer the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry provided extra food to 1,381 low-income families with school-aged children. The total cost of the program was over $19,000 at a cost of about $13 per child. We are so thankful to the Bayer Fund, the St. Charles Rotary Club, and Ameren UE for providing grants to help O.A.S.I.S. pay for this year’s program.

2019 Scouting for Food – Saturday, November 16

Mark your calendars, Saturday, November 16th is the date for the 2019 Boy Scouts Scouting for Food Campaign. Door hangers will be provided for Scouts to deliver to their neighborhoods on November 9, 2019 with a request to fill a bag with food. Filled bags will be picked up on the morning of Saturday, November 16, 2019 and delivered to food pantries. Volunteers will be needed at O.A.S.I.S. on Saturday the 16th to help with food sorting and storing. More information will be forthcoming about how you can help.

OASIS Food Pantry Thrift Store – Volunteers Needed

The O.A.S.I.S Thrift Store needs volunteers to oversee general operations of the thrift store. Here is an overview of the various duties

  • Soliciting, sorting, and pricing donations.
  • Operating and balancing the cash register, tracking and reporting sales.
  • “Window Dressing” the store – organizing items for sale.

If you would like more detailed information please contact the food pantry by phone 636-723-0037 or email the food pantry at

Where’s the Beef?

It’s at the food pantry! Another big thank you goes out to Skip Hampton and Novus International for donating two more steers to the O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry. Two steers provided almost 1000 pounds of ground beef for distribution at the panty, which goes a long way to help provide healthy food options for our client families.