A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
April 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
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:
April 16, 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 90 clients, 76 adult dependents and 37 children served in February for a total of 203 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
Frozen beef, chicken, pork, bacon, lunchmeat and other miscellaneous frozen items totaling 1295 pounds was distributed this month. 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 $683.48 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.
Hair conditioners, body lotions, band aids, hand sanitizers, hand creams, cotton balls, wipes and many other items that are not normally stocked are  out on the "shopping " shelves for the clients to select. These items were donated by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, SunCoast MCC in Venice and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.  These extra 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.


February clients served: 203


Client additions in February:

Charlotte County - 0 new clients

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!
May 1-2, 2018
2018 Giving Challenge
May 1-2, Noon to Noon
CHAPS is participating in the 2018 Giving Challenge,
an online fundraising event that runs for 24 hours only from

Tuesday, May 1st at 12pm (noon) -
Wednesday, May 2nd at 12pm (noon)

During the Challenge, the Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for each unique online donor's contribution - up to $100.
Every person who makes a donation of $25 to $100 will be matched.

CHAPS also has an additional matching grant which will essentially triple your gift.

Donations cannot be made until noon on May 1st.

If you are not comfortable using your credit/debit card online at this secure site, please let us know and we will be happy to take a check before the event begins.
For more information, please visit our website at



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.