A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
November 2020
In This Issue
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Board Members
Mercie Chick
Bill Thomson
Vice President
Yvonne Gibson

Chris Smith
Debbie Amico
Lillian Arceri
Terry Bryan
Debi Joyce
Larry Lumpiesz
Jacquie Reynolds
Charles Sandberg
Kristopher Sandberg
Becky Smith
Frank Walsh
Walter Widdows
Board Meetings
Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm.
Next Board Meeting:
November 17, 2020

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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 99 clients, 84 adult dependents and 28 children served in September for a total of 211 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.

Clients received a package of reusable cloth masks and bottles of hand sanitizer. Fresh apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, zucchini, milk, cheese, butter and eggs were distributed. Frozen chicken, ground turkey, pork, catfish fillets and turkey hot dogs were available.
Clients were able to select 12 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Extra items such as roasted no salt peanuts, peanut butter cheese crackers, trail mix, rice krispy treats, Gardetto's potato /wheat crisps, pop tarts, fruit snacks and fruit juices were available. Packages of face masks and extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.
USDA items that are on our order form that were available included kidney beans, black beans, spinach, applesauce, peaches, apple juice, cream of mushroom soup, veggie soup, beef stew, chili, canned chicken, cold cereal, mashed potatoes, rice, spaghetti pasta, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, dry milk and peanut butter.
USDA items Charlotte County clients could select this month included egg noodles, walnuts, dry fruit and nut mix, raisins, prunes, orange juice, tomato juice, grape juice, grapefruit juice, canned beef, canned pork, canned garbanzo beans, canned pumpkin, dry lentil beans, dry navy beans, dry split peas, 2 lb. processed cheese, 2.5 lb. shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 lb. catfish fillets, whole chickens, 5 lb. pork loin and pork patties.
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: 211


Client additions in September:

Charlotte County - 0 new clients

South Sarasota County - 2 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:
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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.