A monthly newsletter of the CHAPS food and hygiene pantry


February 2024

Board Members


Mercie Chick



John Lee

Vice President


Yvonne Gibson



Chris Smith



Nancy Amentastro

Susie Brenner

Debi Joyce

Herb Levin

Jacquie Reynolds

Frank Walsh

Board Meetings


Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm.


Next Board Meeting:

February 20, 2024

6:00 pm

CHAPS Supporters
CHAPS is also supported by 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 88 clients, 102 adult dependents and 28 children served in November for a total of 218 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.


USDA items on our order form that were available to Charlotte County clients and free to CHAPS included black beans, creamed corn, spinach, veggie beans, black eyed peas, peaches, pears, mixed fruit, veggie soup, beef stew, chili with beans, salmon, chicken, rice, spaghetti pasta, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes, dry milk and shelf stable milk.


For the holiday, clients received a $25 Publix gift card and could choose: green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French fried onions, turkey gravy, mashed potato pkgs., cranberry sauce, stuffing, mac & cheese box, corn muffin mix, whole corn, creamed corn, sour cream, butter, sweet potato, veggie beans, pie crust mix, pumpkin, evaporated milk, pumpkin pie spice, eggs, fresh oranges, fresh grapefruit, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, date pieces and hazelnuts. Also available were a whole chicken, ground beef, 5 lb. bags of chicken drumsticks, 2 lb. bags of catfish fillets, 2 lb. bags of peeled and deveined shrimp, 2 lb. frozen sliced peaches, 2.5 lb. bags of frozen blueberries, 2 lb. bags of shredded cheddar cheese, dry chickpeas, black beans, green split peas and dry great northern white beans.


Clients could also choose up to 10 items from the table of outdated or items not on our shopping list received from donations.


Clients who received their order in Venice and other orders we delivered also received extra goodies.

Client Numbers


CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


November clients served: 218


Client additions in November:

Charlotte County - 4 new clients with 11 dependents

S. Sarasota County - 1 new client

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

No Events This Month

CHAPS is a 501(c) 3 non profit, all volunteer organization. In accordance with federal law, U.S. Department of Agriculture policy and our contract with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, CHAPS is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disabilty, sexual orientation or religion. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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.