A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
November 2017
In This Issue
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President
Dennis Santana,
Vice President
Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Jana Kriz,
Lillian Arceri
Salli Clarke
Scott Gillis
A.J. Lee
Brian Pound
Chris Smith
Bill Thomson
Frank Walsh
Board Meetings
Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm.

Next Board Meeting:
November 13, 2017

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 88 clients, 66 adult dependents and 37 children served in September for a total of 191 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
We received several boxes of hurricane relief supplies from the Harry Chapin Food Bank including toilet paper, paper towels, beef stew, pork and beans, spaghetti rings, applesauce, pears, chicken noodle soup, corn, green beans tomato juice and tuna. Other boxes included Pringles, peanut butter, jelly, cups of sliced apples in water, shelf stable milk, beans and rice, candy bars and bottled water. Clients were very excited to get extra snacks such as Cheez Its, breakfast bars, snack bars, nutrition bars and cookies that were also part of the disaster relief supplies. Many of our clients lost power for one to several days due to hurricane Imma so the disaster relief supplies and frozen meat helped replace what they had lost.
1505 pounds of frozen meat at a cost of 9 cents a pound ($135.45) was distributed this month. Frozen beef, chicken, pork, bacon, lunchmeat and other miscellaneous frozen items were available. Clients received Deep Woods Off Bug spray, coconut scented moisturizing After-Sun Lotion, bottled water and were able to select 12 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.
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: 191


Client additions in September:

Charlotte County - 1 new client with no dependents

South Sarasota County - 0 new clients

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
DeSoto-Manatee-Sarasota Counties:  941-308-4357 
Please click here for more information.
Upcoming CHAPS Events:
Mark Your Calendar So You Don't Forget...
Plan Early!
Annual Membership Meeting
The Annual Membership Meeting
Will Be Held On December 2nd
Details on the meeting will be published in next months issue.



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.