OACP

Food Collection & Distribution

The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is a collaborative community food pantry serving the citizen’s in need in Southern Winnebago County.
What to Expect

When You Shop at OACP

Required to Register

• 2 forms of identification for yourself: one picture ID and one proof of current address
• 1 form of identification for each member of your household

All guests are encouraged to apply for Food Share within the first 90 days of shopping at OACP, at the pantry by appointment: (920)-651-9960. The following are suggested forms of identification:

• Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID card
• Social Security Card
• Passport
• Insurance Card
• Utility Bill • FoodShare benefits letter

OACP Service Areas

• Oshkosh
• Omro
• Winneconne
• Waukau
• Pickett
• Eureka
• Butte des Mortes
• Rush Lake
• Fisk

Convenience and Selection

• Customers choose their own groceries
• Extended hours to better serve you
• Dairy products and fresh produce available
• Directly on Oshkosh City Bus route
• Oshkosh’s largest food pantry
Testimonials

What People Say About OACP

Kids Corner

In 2013, Lowe’s donated their time and supplies to build an area in our pantry where children will be educated on nutrition and serving sizes while independently choosing snacks for school and food for their weekends. The Kids Corner is the second part of the Food4Kids Programs. Families from the Backpack Program who join our pantry be able to have their children shop in the Kids Corner, and the child will then be graduated from the backpack portion of the program. This will create an open spot for another child at that school. Children ages 3 to high school age are able to choose from nutritional, single serving items for school snacks and weekends. Volunteers staff the area to assist with their shopping and educate each child about healthy, balanced nutrition and the importance of staying active each day. On average children receive 5 lbs. of food from the Kids Corner. In June 2017, the Kids Corner was remodeled and generously donated by RH Design Build and Service League of Oshkosh. The Kids Corner is now twice the size of the original space, open, inviting, and has been reimagined. Fresh produce items are now offered to every child that visits as well as, grains, dairy, vegetables, fruit, and proteins. All items are single serving size and focus on MyPlate nutrition. On average 230 children visit the Kids Corner each month and receive about 5 lbs. of food. Our hope with the Food4Kids programs is to foster independence and healthy choices in these children, as well as destroying negative stigma about the use of food pantries and assistance programs.

Backpack Program

Food4Kids Backpack Program was launched the school year of 2011 – 2012. Since the original launch of the program, we are consistently making changes to ensure proper nutrition and to better understand child hunger as it is being seen in the schools. In conjunction with our on-site Kids Corner, our goal is to keep children fed on the weekends throughout the year. Currently, our Backpack Program is referral based. We work closely with school staff to refer children that are showing signs of hunger. These signs could include, family crisis or emergency, physical indicators, or emotional or behavior changes. If families are not registered at the Pantry and in need of food assistance they are encouraged to apply to the program. Food bags for the Backpack Program are delivered to participating schools on Friday mornings throughout the school year. Families on the Backpack program are encouraged to visit us for consistent food resources. Once a family does register at our pantry, any children of the household will be able to use our Kids Corner, graduating them off of the Backpack Program. After registering at our pantry, we can then work closely with them for referrals at partner programs for assistance in other areas. Our hope is to move them back to self sufficiency at a faster pace with an action plan that involves our pantry.

Click here to read Backpack Program FAQ's

Home Delivery Program

Each month 10-15 clients in Oshkosh receive a delivery of groceries right to their door.

This program runs on a referral based system from agencies such as Winnebago County Housing and the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Customers receive a menu that corresponds with the current inventory of the Pantry. Frozen meat items, milk, eggs, and produce are all included as menu options.

The boxes are packed each month by OACP volunteers and deliveries occur every 4th Friday of the month.

Customers are considered eligible for this program if they are medically or physically homebound.

For questions about this program please contact the Program Manager at (920) 651-9960.

Annual Food Drives

The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is supported by community wide drives and events every year.

Some of the events we participate in are:

• The Postal Carrier’s Drive: May

• Lourde Highschool’s Stuff the Bus Event at Festival

• Boy Scouts Drive: October Summer

• Farmer’s Market on Main and Festival: June-October

The OACP is also supported by businesses, companies, agencies, and individuals who set up food drives for our organization.

By partnering and purchasing food through Feeding America, the OACP is able to stretch one dollar to buy 5 pounds of food.