A Monthly Newsletter Of
The CHAPS Food & Hygiene Pantry
September 2017
In This Issue
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Board Members
Mercie Chick, President
Dennis Santana,
Vice President
Yvonne Gibson, Treasurer

Jana Kriz,
Lillian Arceri
Salli Clarke
Scott Gillis
A.J. Lee
Brian Pound
Chris Smith
Bill Thomson
Frank Walsh
Board Meetings
Board meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month at 6pm.

Next Board Meeting:
July 17, 2017

CHAPS Is Supported By...


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 79 clients, 63 adult dependents and 30 children served in July for a total of 172 persons receiving supplemental food and hygiene products.
1475 pounds of frozen meat at a cost of 9 cents a pound ($132.75) was distributed this month. Frozen beef, chicken, pork, bacon, lunchmeat and other miscellaneous frozen items were available. This meat was purchased with money that was raised from the Wink Walk. Other miscellaneous items are purchased for 18 cents a pound.
Clients received Deep Woods Off Bug spray. Extra food was given for all clients who have children that are not able to participate in summer feeding programs. Extra food items were added to all of the orders that are picked up in Venice or delivered to clients. 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 travel size personal care items were also available.
USDA items are free to CHAPS so when we can provide food items from the USDA food instead of from purchased food, it makes our budget go further.  USDA items that are on our order form that were available included applesauce, peaches, beef stew, salmon, tuna fish, green beans, carrots, peas, tomato soup, veggie soup, elbow macaroni, spaghetti pasta,  tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, dry pinto beans, peanut butter, 4 kinds of cold cereal,  mashed potatoes and vegetable oil.
Other USDA items that are not on our order form that were available included 2 1/2 pound bags of shredded yellow Cheddar cheese, raisins, dry blueberries, dry cherries, orange juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, and 2.5 pound bags of frozen cherries.
Client Numbers
CHAPS works with 6 referring agencies to verify the eligible clients that live in Charlotte, South Sarasota and DeSoto counties.


July clients served: 172


Client additions in July:

Charlotte County - 0 new clients (1 moved)

South Sarasota County - 0 new clients

DeSoto County - 0 new clients (1 passed away)

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
DeSoto-Manatee-Sarasota Counties:  941-308-4357 
Please click here for more information.
Upcoming CHAPS Events:
Mark Your Calendar So You Don't Forget...
Plan Early!
September 2017
CHAPS Challenge
The Entire Month Of September
September 1 to September 30
CHAPS will be running a fundraising campaign the entire month of September, 2017 which we call the CHAPS Challenge.
The CHAPS Board of Directors is issuing a
challenge to our supporters to raise $5000.
During the Challenge, the first $2000 is guaranteed
to be matched dollar for dollar!
Donations may be be made as follows:
   1. To donate online go to and
       click on the donate link.
   2. Checks made out to "CHAPS" may be sent to the pantry at
          18200 Paulson Drive, Unit A-1
          Port Charlotte, FL 33954
   3. Cash donations may be made at the pantry or given to
       any board member.
Get involved and take the CHAPS Challenge!



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.