A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
November 2018
In This Issue
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President
Dennis Santana,
Vice President
Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Debbie Amico,
Lillian Arceri
Ira Bender
Terry Bryan
Salli Clarke
Diane Shepard
Chris Smith
Bill Thomson
Frank Walsh
Board Meetings
Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm.
November's meeting has been moved to Nov. 5th!
Next Board Meeting:
November 5, 2018

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and many local businesses, organizations, faith groups and individuals.
Contact Info
Mailing Address:
CHAPS Food Pantry
18200 Paulson Dr.
Unit A-1
Port Charlotte, FL 33954



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The Latest Pantry Report
We had 92 clients, 71 adult dependents and 45 children served in September for a total of 208 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
Clients were able to select 10 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Chocolate muffins, mushroom risotto, crackers, cereal, whole grain pasta and gluten free pasta were also available. Frozen beef, chicken, pork, hot dogs, green chili peach pies and other miscellaneous frozen items totaling 1435 pounds was distributed. Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.
USDA food items that are available on our shopping list are 4 kinds of cold cereal, spinach, dry pinto beans, apple juice, peaches, pears, applesauce, cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, vegetable soup, beef stew, rice, elbow pasta, spaghetti pasta, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, vegetable oil, peanut butter and grits. These items are free to CHAPS so when we can give these items out to Charlotte County clients, it makes our budget go further. Other USDA items clients can select are grape juice, canned pumpkin, cream of wheat, dry fig pieces, raisins, prunes, dry white beans, dry kidney beans, egg noodles, 5 pound or 2 pound bags of shredded cheddar cheese, 5 pound bags of potatoes, frozen 3 pound hams and frozen blueberries.
Potatoes, onions, red and yellow bell peppers, acorn, butternut or spaghetti squash were available. Vegetarian stuffed pepper was this month's recipe to sample. That recipe and a stuffed acorn squash recipe were given out as well as a paper that told how to cook winter squash. This is part of our new Health Food Healthy People program in collaboration with Green Living Green Planet partially funded by the Charlotte County United Way. Each month clients will receive fresh produce.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


September clients served: 208


Client additions in September:

Charlotte County - 0 new clients

South Sarasota County - 1 new client with 1 dependent

DeSoto County - 0 new clients

We Need You!


Can you volunteer for CHAPS? 
Help us match your skills, experience, interests and schedule with our volunteer opportunities. Demonstrate your dedication to further CHAPS' mission and goals. Your involvement will make a difference!
Volunteers Needed:
  • Assist in sorting and shelving items
  • Help with fills and pick-ups
  • Help with fundraisers
  • Help in the office - enter data, print and assemble forms, mail correspondence
Please go to the CHAPS website
for the CHAPS volunteer application.
Need A Helping Hand? - Call 211
The community referral line - 211 - is an important community resource.  At any given time, 211 has access to the most comprehensive list of services as well as the most current contact information. It provides telephone access to trained information and referral specialists, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  If you do not get an answer with 211 - please dial one of the following:

Charlotte County:  941-205-2161
Sarasota County:  941-308-4357 
Please click here for more information.
Upcoming CHAPS Events:
Mark Your Calendar So You Don't Forget...
Plan Early!
CHAPS Annual Meeting
December 1
Our annual meeting of membership will be help on Saturday, December 1st. All are welcome to attend and if you are a current member, please check your mail for important documents relating to the meeting.
Please note that our November board meeting has been moved to November 5th to allow time for the mailings to go out.



Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services registration no. CH10575

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.