The soup kitchen at Oasis, in partnership with local congregations and organizations, ensures that a free breakfast and lunch is served 365 days a year. Meals are open to all!
The food pantry distributes bags of food to local residents in need every 60 days. We also currently deliver to 96 home bound senior citizens every month.
The Oasis Thrift Store is much more than a shop. Our homeless neighbors and local residents in need can get an allotted amount of clothing free of charge. The shop is also open to the public and items are available for sale. Even if a client uses their allotment of clothing, we keep prices extremely low so anyone can afford them. We also assist with small household items for those who recently moved into permanent housing (unfortunately, due to space, we do not provide furniture).
For Thanksgiving and Christmas, Oasis provides families with all the foods needed for a wonderful family meal. To find out more about applying for this service or about sponsoring a family click here.
Entire list of Programs and Services
FOOD PANTRY – This program provides groceries free of charge to individuals and families in need Monday through Friday from 9:00am-11:00am. In partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, Oasis is also a distribution point for USDA food. Oasis provided groceries for over 9,000 people last year.
SOUP KITCHEN – The soup kitchen ensures two hearty and healthy meal are served 7 days a week free of charge. 10 of the 14 meals are served in the Oasis dining room including breakfast on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday as well as lunch on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 47,000 meals were served in the Oasis dining room last year.
THRIFT SHOP – The thrift shop provides clothing and household items to individuals and families in need free of charge from 8:30am-12:00pm Monday through Friday. The thrift shop is also open to the public to shop Monday through Friday from 8:30am-2:00pm. The Thrift shop gave away $306,000 worth of clothing last year.
SENIOR GROCERY DELIVERY PROGRAM – Groceries are delivered monthly to homebound senior and/or disabled clients. Currently 96 seniors are enrolled in this program.
SUMMER SCHOOL BACKPACK PROGRAM – Provides weekend groceries for 6 weeks to all 135 students enrolled in the Horizons summer program.
HYGIENE KITS – Provides small personal sized hygiene items each week to homeless clients. These kits contain: soap, razors, toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo, lotion, and other items as they are available. Larger sizes of these items are also given out with groceries to low-income clients.
HOLIDAY DINNER BASKET PROGRAM – This program provides Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner baskets to individuals and families. All of these baskets are sponsored and donated.
ADDITIONAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION – Provide monthly groceries to families of children receiving services from Edmarc Hospice care.
HIV TESTING – On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, Oasis partners with MASS (Minority AIDS Support Services) to provide free HIV testing to the local community.
CULINARY TRAINING – Also in partnership with MASS, a class is taught every Friday in the kitchen to provide culinary job skills to former inmates trying to rejoin society, obtain employment, and achieve self-sufficiency.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY PROGRAM – This program provides donated back to school supplies to 5 local elementary schools in low income areas of Portsmouth and Chesapeake.
FOOD BANK – shares extra food with other grocery distributing agencies in the area to better assist the entire community in need.
IDENTIFICATION – Provides Oasis specific ID that allows clients to access services from other local charities and shelter programs.
PVH – Provides office and work space to Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless for $1 a year plus a small percentage of monthly utilities. This allows more of their funding to go directly to running their emergency shelter and other programs.
COMMUNITY SERVICE – Allow court ordered volunteer hours to be completed with Oasis. We also allow mandated volunteer time for the SNAP (Social Services) and VIEW (PRHA) to be completed here.
Oasis Requirements and Service Times
For most services at Oasis, you must first register in our office as a client. Client registration is available:
9am - 11am
Please make sure you bring the following documents:
● Picture ID
● Proof of Residence (official rental receipt or current utility bill) *not required if client is homeless
● Social Security card, ID, or birth certificate for each additional member of the household
Additionally, you must be a resident within our service area:
Portsmouth (entire city), Chesapeake (zipcodes 23321 and 23323), and Suffolk (zipcode 23435)
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a meal in our soup kitchen. We do ask for ID so we can log all of our guests, but we can work with you if you do not have one. Please see us in the office to find out about our Oasis specific identification cards.
Clients (must register and qualify as a client, see above) may use the resources of our food pantry every 60 days.
Oasis functions as a food salvage organization. Many perishable foods that we receive are at or near their sell-by date. We take care to make sure they are well maintained and distribute them in the timeliest manner possible. Please note that a sell-by or best-by date is not the same as an expiration date. These foods are safe and of good quality well past the indicated day.
In addition to the groceries provided by Oasis, all qualifying families will also receive an allotment of food from the USDA. Eligibility will be determined during the interview process.
After registering in the Oasis office, clients are given an allotment of clothing for the next six months. The Thrift Shop staff assigns each person a shopping day and goes over the details with them.
Household referrals are given to clients who have a new lease (within two months). They are only issued to a client once and are good for a two month period.