August 2017 eNews

Food Bank Van and Kids Eat Free Bus

The Food Bank of Manatee Sacked Summer Hunger

Even the heat and the rain couldn’t keep Food Bank volunteers from handing out weekend food sacks to school-aged kids this summer. On Fridays, The Food Bank of Manatee followed the Kids Eat Free Bus to Bradenton Village, Southeast High School, and Lincoln Park to ensure youngsters were provided food over their weekend. Additionally, kids could go to Manatee County Public Libraries and receive a weekend food sack. In total, more than 40,800 meals were distributed so far this summer.

Meals on Wheels PLUS Participates in National #SaveLunch Campaign

1 in 5 seniors in Manatee County is threatened with hunger. As the need for home-delivered meals in Manatee County continues to increase, federal funding has not. This leaves a gap in coverage for those in critical need of nutrition. Furthermore, threats of budget cuts to Community Development Block Grants would cripple programs provided by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Our community can get involved by writing to Members of Congress to not only protect funding, but make an impact by increasing it. Click here to contact your representatives.

Macy's Shop for a Cause

Shop for a Cause–Get a 25% Savings Pass at Macy’s

With only a few days left of the Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge, you still have the opportunity to get your savings pass and help Meals on Wheels PLUS get one donation closer to winning the grand prize–$100,000. The savings pass can be redeemed during the annual Shop for a Cause event, Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13. You can help by making a donation here.

Mission Monday at 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery

What better way to raise money for the PLUS Programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS than enjoying gourmet pub-style eats and hand-crafted small batch-beers? 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery is hosting Mission Monday August 28th from 5-9pm. 10% of the sales will go be donated to Meals on wheels PLUS and for a $5 donation you can spin the Wheel of Charity and win prizes like a free pint, fee appetizer, a hug, or a firm handshake. Click here for directions and more information.

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2 Easy Ways to Support Meals on Wheels PLUS Every Time You Shop Online, at No Cost to You!

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Just visit and search for Meals on Wheels PLUS to designate us as your charity.

  1. Register on to help Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee every time you shop online, it’s all free and so easy to be socially-conscious. There’s 1,759 socially-responsible stores helping to make donations happen.

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Meals on Wheels PLUS to Host OneBlood Drive at Renaissance on 9th

OneBlood’s Big Red Bus will hold a blood drive at Renaissance on 9th on Monday, August 14, from 11 am to 3 pm. One in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime. Blood donations not only help save lives, but also aid in faster healing for surgery patients. Give blood and receive a voucher for a free cup of soup at the 9th Street Bistro inside Renaissance on 9th, cookies, juice and a special gift. Make your appointment to donate blood here…

Blood Drive

July 2017 eNews

mary with kids

Sack Summer Hunger 2017 Update

The Food Bank of Manatee County’s “Sack Summer Hunger” campaign is in week 4 and off to a great start toward reaching its goal of handing out 10,000 weekend food sacks (totaling 60,000 meals) to hungry kids in Manatee. “It’s always great to see the kids’ eyes light up when they run up and get a weekend food sack,” recalls Cindy Sloan, Vice President and Director of the Food Bank, “because in the end, that’s what it all about, really…It’s all about the kids.

Food bags can be picked up at any of the Manatee County Library Branches, South East High School, Lincoln Park and Bradenton Village. Click here for more information on “Sack Summer Hunger”…

Meals on Wheels PLUS in Critical Need of Volunteer Drivers

The summer months are a crucial time of year for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee’s home-delivered meals program. Many volunteers have gone north for the summer which leaves a gap in coverage of the 53 routes in Manatee County. The need for volunteers is great and we are looking for Champions to step in and deliver hot, nutritious meals and smiles to those that depend on us. To get started volunteering, call (941) 747-4655 or email

Volunteer For Meals on Wheels PLUS
CHAMP Infographic

Be a C.H.A.M.P.,
Give Back,
Get Involved!

The Community Humanitarian Advocate Meal Partnership (C.H.A.M.P.) provides businesses and organizations the opportunity to empower their employees and members to give back to the community. There are plenty of ways to get involved. Adopt a meal-delivery route, pack and sort at the Food Bank of Manatee, host a food drive or fundraiser, “corporate match” a fundraiser, or adopt a beautification project. To become a C.H.A.M.P., call (941) 747-4655 or email or

Feed Manatee County with a Recurring Donation

Monthly recurring donations make it easy to support the PLUS Programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and help achieve funding goals over time. Make a recurring monthly gift today, and know your charitable giving is in place for the entire year to come.

  • $1000 can sponsor 20 school-aged children 6 meals a weekend for the entire summer.
  • $500 can provide 20 families enough food for a week with Crisis Stabilization Kits.
  • $250 will provide hot, nutritious home-delivered meals to a senior for a month.
  • $100 provides Emergency Baby Baskets to an infant for a month.
  • $50 will buy 3 cans of baby formula.

Click here to set up a recurring donation and you can help feed Manatee County!


Shop for a Cause in July and August July 11th thru August 9th

Help Meals on Wheels PLUS win $100,000! Macy’s is hosting the “Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge” – a friendly fundraising competition. You can ensure Team Meals on Wheels PLUS secures a spot with the winners by clicking here to make a donation.

As a donor, you will receive an exclusive 25% off savings pass to shop at Macy’s during the annual Shop for a Cause event, August 10th – August 13th. Then join our team by clicking “Fundraise for Your Charity” and start your own fundraiser.

Painting Shirts Needed

Clients at Daybreak Adult Day Center have lots of creative activities to participate in keeping them active, social, and independent. The painting class is a favorite so supplies are always tight. Men’s large painting smocks or shirts, in particular, are in high demand. If you have extra long-sleeved, button-down shirts hanging in your closet or unused painting supplies, please consider donating to Daybreak. Donations can be dropped off at the Adult Day Center, 10920 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch, 34202.

ADC Painting