A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
August 2019
In This Issue
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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:
August 19, 2019

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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 97 clients, 70 adult dependents and 30 children served in June for a total of 197 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
USDA items (for Charlotte County clients) are free to CHAPS so when we can provide food items from the USDA food instead of from purchased food, it makes our budget go further. USDA items that are on our order form that were available included kidney beans, black beans, spinach, dry pinto beans, applesauce, peaches, pears, mixed fruit, apple juice, veggie soup, beef stew, cold cereal, mashed potatoes, rice, macaroni and spaghetti pasta, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and peanut butter.
USDA  items clients could select this month included walnuts, apples, oranges, grape juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, canned beef, canned pork, canned garbanzo beans, canned pumpkin, prunes, dry yellow split peas, dry lentil beans, dry navy beans, dry white beans, 1% shelf stable milk,  2 lb. packages of low sodium processed American cheese, eggs, pork sausage patties, 5 lb. pork loin, 2 lb. packages of pulled pork, 5 lb. bags of chicken legs and dry cranberries.
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, bite size tortilla chips and Goldfish crackers were also available. Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients. Extra food was given to families with children who are not in school feeding programs.
Fresh oranges, apples, potatoes and green peppers were available.
Frozen beef, chicken, ground turkey and pork totaling 1375 pounds were distributed.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


June clients served: 197


Client additions in June:

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:
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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.