A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
July 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.

Next Board Meeting:
July 16, 2018

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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 84 clients, 67 adult dependents and 43 children served in May for a total of 194 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
Frozen chicken fries, pork taco skillet meals, chicken buttermilk breakfast sandwiches, pumpkin or blueberry pies and Healthy Choice chicken power bowls were special items given out this month. Frozen beef, chicken, pork, bacon and other miscellaneous frozen items totaling 1200 pounds was also distributed. Clients were able to select 14 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Eggs, cereal, tortilla chips, mixed fruit cups, Hormel complete meals, juices and soups were available. 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 5 kinds of cold cereal, spinach, dry pinto beans, 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 cranberry juice, tomato juice, grape juice, canned pumpkin, cream of wheat, dry cherries, dry fig pieces, raisins, prunes, dry white beans, dry kidney beans, egg noodles, eggs, cheese, and frozen blueberries or cherries.
Clients were able to taste this month's featured recipe "lentil soup over brown rice". Brown rice, lentils, fresh carrots, potatoes, onions and the recipe were given out as 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 fruit, vegetables and a new recipe.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


May clients served: 194


Client additions in May:

Charlotte County - 2 new clients

South Sarasota County - 6 new clients with 6 dependents

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.