The Pantry at OSL
A Food Pantry for Victoria
About The Pantry At OSL
The Pantry is a food pantry that was birthed out of the desire to ‘feed the hungry’ right here in Victoria. We are in no way trying to compete with the already fantastic efforts from other local organization trying to meet the growing need of hunger. We understand the struggle to try and make it to one of the already existing avenues, but due to scheduling emergencies, transportation needs, or life throwing a curve ball, one cannot always make it to a food pantry.
The idea to offer another avenue was tossed into the air and we sought to run with it. The Pantry at OSL is open to the public here in Victoria, TX on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. We open at 5 pm and close at 7 pm.
We understand that we cannot solve the problem of hunger or lack, but we can be part of some solution. Our approach will be a little different. Rather than being a revolving door that can be viewed as “giving hand outs,” we are going to take an intentional approach to learn about who God has brought through the doors. Asking questions around skills, talents, abilities, passions and the like set us up as the Body of Christ to fill needs here locally at OSL and also offer avenues to plug someone in to the greater community.
Where On The Facility Are You Located?
The Pantry at OSL is located in our Christian Education Wing of the church’s facility. It is the white brick building located along Sam Houston Drive.
What Time Are You Open?
The Pantry at OSL will be open the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Want to Help?
If you have a desire to help in some way with the Pantry at OSL, we would gladly like to listen how. If you aren’t sure thought, here are 3 tangible ways you can help:
- Prayer – please focus your intercession as led by the Spirit to cover this ministry and ask for favor within the community, supplies, direction, resources, and volunteers.
- Volunteers – please prayerfully consider being part of this opportunity. We are looking for individuals and/or families who see this as an extension of Christ’s love to reach our community. A family of 4 could easily volunteer for an entire evening or share shifts with another family. Volunteers who feel the call to be part of this can contact our office at (361) 575-4305.
- Supplies – please prayerfully consider helping provide items for the pantry. OSL will offer a drive during a certain part of the month to help keep items on hand for the pantry. Items that will be acceptable can be found below.
What Items Will You Accept?
Items will be collected on the 2nd Sunday of the month during worship hours (from 8 am to noon). For your convenience, collection tubs will be located at the Main Office, the Information Desk and along the Sam Houston side of the of Christian Ed Bldg.
Spices – think about it. People who rely on the food bank eat a lot of canned food, rice, oatmeal, white bread, etc. They love spices, seasoned salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, oregano, basil and so on.
Feminine Products – can you imagine being worried about affording these? Pads, tampons, panty liners, etc. Recommended: Buy in bulk for donating.
Chocolate – people don’t need it, but think about being in their shoes and how nice it would be to be given a chocolate bar or brownie mix along with your essentials.
Toiletries – grocery stores are great about donating surplus or unsold food, but they have no reason to donate toilet paper, tooth paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. Food stamps often don’t cover these.
Canned meats and jerky.
Crackers and tortillas.
Baby toiletries – diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, baby shampoo, baby soap, baby food, bottles, etc.
Soup packets – sometimes you look at rice, beans, instant potatoes, and cans of vegetable and think, “What do I make with this?” Hearty soup is a complete meal.
Socks – from a former homeless person: “Socks mean the world to you. They keep you warm, make you feel like you have something new, and just comfort you.”
Canned fruit other than pineapple – food banks get a lot of pineapple donated. Their clients love it when other kinds of fruit are available.
Gas cards are appreciated to cover cost of fuel for trips we make to the food bank.
These are just a few of items we are looking for and will accept. For a more extensive list, visit this website.
We are grateful for your consideration and help!