A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
April 2019
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President

Bill Thomson
Vice President

Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Debbie Amico,
Lillian Arceri
Terry Bryan
Diane Shepard
Chris Smith
Francesca Spedaliere
Frank Walsh

Board Meetings

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

Next Board Meeting:
April 15, 2019

CHAPS Is Supported By...


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 120 clients, 92 adult dependents and 43 children served in February for a total of 266 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.

Frozen beef, chicken, pork, catfish fillets and other miscellaneous frozen items totaling 1395 pounds were distributed. Clients were able to select 10 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Extra items such as juice, Oreo's, bite size Tortilla chips, restaurant style Tortilla chips, White Cheddar cheese puffs, Sweet Potato Tortilla chips, Wheat Thins and Peanut butter/Chocolate Performance bars were available.

USDA  items clients could select this month included grape juice, cran-apple juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, canned beef, canned pork, canned pumpkin, prunes, dry yellow split peas, dry lentil  beans, dry navy beans, 1% shelf stable milk,  ½ gallon whole milk, ½ gallon skim milk, 2 pound catfish fillets, whole chickens, pork sausage patties, 2 lb. sliced ham, strawberry cups and frozen blueberries.

Grapefruit, oranges, potatoes, carrots, green peppers, sweet banana peppers and sweet potatoes were available. Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.

Canned and bagged dog and cat food from Petco through Harry Chapin Food Bank was also available.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


February clients served: 266


Client additions in February:

Charlotte County - 2 new clients with 4 dependents

South Sarasota County - 3 new clients 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!

April 6
United Way Of South Sarasota County's
Walk In Islandwalk At West Villages/North Port
Islandwalk @ West Villages
North Port

9:00am to 12:00pm

You do not need to walk in order to make a pledge.

Of the pledges raised, half will go to CHAPS and half goes to the United Way of South Sarasota County.

Pledges may be made to CHAPS
18200 Paulson Drive A-1
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Please specify "United Way North Port Walk".

Visit our website for more information or to pledge online.


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.