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Who We Are
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 the OACP
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
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 the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. This can be done 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
FoodShare benefits letter
The OACP distributes by last name initials. For example - "Anderson through Erickson" would come in the 1st - 7th of every month. Distribution dates for each section include:
A-E 1st - 7th
L-R 16th - 23rd
S-Z- 24th through the last day of the month
New registrations can come in at any time during the month!
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.
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.
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.
Services Areas Include:
Butte des Mortes
Senior and Disabled
Customer Programs Include:
Home Delivery Program
Each month 22 customers in Oshkosh, Omro, and Winneconne 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 Coordinator at (920) 651-9960.
Customer Cart Program
The OACP has launched a specialized cart program for senior and disabled customers in need of additional assistance with their monthly shopping visits. This program started in January, 2017 and currently has 10 registered customers. Customers enrolled of this program receive their own specialized shopping cart free of charge. Customers interested in participating in this program must fill out an agreement and survey prior to receiving their cart to determine eligibility. If you are interested in learning more about the OACP Customer Cart Program please contact the Program Coordinator at (920) 651-9960.
FOR EVERY $1 DONATED...
THE OACP PROVIDES 5 LBS. OF FOOD TO A FAMILY IN NEED.DONATE
Give the gift of your time & talent as an OACP volunteer & make a direct impact in the fight against hunger. Volunteering is a great way to make friends, learn something new and have fun. Volunteers are vital to the work we do!