A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
February 2019
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President

Bill Thomson
Vice President

Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Debbie Amico,
Lillian Arceri
Terry Bryan
Diane Shepard
Chris Smith
Francesca Spedaliere
Frank Walsh

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm.

Next Board Meeting:
February 18, 2019

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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 105 clients, 79 adult dependents and 45 children served in January for a total of 229 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.

Whole chickens and $10 gift cards were given for the holidays along with potatoes, carrots, and celery. Apples, oranges, grapes and cilantro were available. Extra food items and a $10 gift card to get a turkey for the holidays were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients.

USDA  items clients could select this month included grape juice, cran-apple juice, tomato juice, canned beef, canned pork, canned pumpkin, dry fig pieces, prunes, dry white beans, dry yellow split peas, egg noodles, 1% shelf stable milk, 2 pound bags of shredded cheddar cheese, ½ gallon whole milk, ½ gallon skim milk, 1 pound packages of ground beef, 2 pound catfish fillets, whole chickens, strawberry cups and frozen blueberries.

Frozen beef, chicken, pork, catfish fillets and other miscellaneous frozen items totaling 1380 pounds was distributed. Clients were able to select 10 items from the donated items that are not on our order form or items that are short dated. Extra items such as juice, Oreo's, Chips Ahoy, Rice Krispie treats, Club Crackers, White Cheddar cheese puffs, Cheezits, Sweet Potato Tortilla chips, Wheat Thins, Triscuits and Peanut butter/Chocolate Performance bars were available.
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: 229


Client additions in January:

Charlotte County - 2 new clients with 2 dependents

South Sarasota County - 4 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
Sarasota County:  941-308-4357 

Please click here for more information.
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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.