A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
March 2018
In This Issue
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President
Dennis Santana,
Vice President
Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Jana Kriz,
Debbie Amico
Lillian Arceri
Ira Bender
Terry Bryan
Salli Clarke
A.J. Lee
Brian Pound
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:
March 19, 2018

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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 85 clients, 74 adult dependents and 42 children served in January for a total of 201 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
1485 pounds of frozen meat 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, vegetable stew with beef, and miscellaneous soups. They were also able to select 8 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Non USDA items valued at $1210.10 were given out which included cereal, Cheez Its, snack bars, crackers, cereal bars, cookies and juice.
Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.
New USDA items included over 300 dozen eggs, egg noodles, dried pitted plums (prunes), tomato juice and Farina (cream of wheat).
Hundreds of dollars worth of hygiene items were collected during the "Reverse Advent Calendar" bags at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, SunCoast MCC in Venice and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.  In addition to the normally stocked items, we received hair conditioners, body lotions, band aids, hand sanitizers, hand creams, cotton balls, wipes and many other items that are being put out on the "shopping " shelves for the clients to select. These items are a real treat for our clients.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


January clients served: 201


Client additions in January:

Charlotte County - 0 new clients

South Sarasota County - 2 new clients with 8 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:
Mark Your Calendar So You Don't Forget...
Plan Early!
March 24, 2018
United Way of South Sarasota County's
West Villages/North Port Walk
Gran Paradiso @ West Villages
20061 Galleria Blvd.
Venice, FL 34293
(Rain or shine)
Registration: 9:00am to 10:00am
Walk and Agency Fair: 10:00am to 11:30am
Awards, Pictures and Food: 11:00am 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".



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.