Subaru Of America’s 2017 Share The Love Event

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Choose to Share the Love with Manatee’s Seniors

Exciting news! For the tenth year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the Subaru Share the Love Event. In the past nine years, Subaru of America has donated over $12 million to Meals on Wheels—that’s the equivalent of more than 1.7 million meals to seniors across the country!

Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Because too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. Ten million seniors in America face the threat of hunger, and millions more live alone in isolation. This is simply unacceptable, which is why Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee provides the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to the seniors of Manatee County. This vital support keeps seniors in their own homes, where they want to be.

We’re incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. With that in mind, we thought you might want to learn a little bit more about the Share the Love Event.


November 16, 2017, through January 2, 2018, for every new Subaru vehicle leased or sold, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels America is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this campaign, as a Member of Meals on Wheels America, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will receive a share of the revenue earned in Florida.

If you’re in the market for a new car, please look into the Share the Love Event to learn more. If you’re not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A few quick and easy ways to do that:

– Share this blog post!
– Share our posts about Share the Love on Facebook:
– (You can also do this on twitter– @MealsWheelsPLUS)

And remember – this holiday season, you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice.

Renaissance on 9th Announces Lease to Bradenton Dream Center

Bradenton, FL – November 19, 2017-Renaissance on 9th at 1816 9th Street West in Bradenton announces a new lease with Bradenton Dream Center. In the spring of 2018, Bradenton Dream Center will be leasing a portion of the building to be used for free, after-school programs for children Kindergarten through 5th grade. The Dream Center first of its kind in Manatee County.

The Bradenton Dream Center will provide children with opportunities to engage in special interest groups, homework support, mentorship programs, sports, and more in the afternoons Monday through Friday. On the weekends, the Dream Center will operate as the 7th campus of Bayside Community Church.

“We are so excited to share our space at Renaissance on 9th with the Bradenton Dream Center which will bring a safe, fun, atmosphere for children in Bradenton,” said Maribeth Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. Renaissance on 9th is a program owned and operated by Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee.

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will continue to provide the Enrichment Center programs for all of its members and offer the weekly Lunch Club to the community at Renaissance on 9th. More information can be found at

November 2017 eNews

Nourish, Enrich, & Strengthen Lives this Thanksgiving.

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Steven and Natalee Herrig Family Foundation, your gift will be matched — dollar for dollar — up to $50,000 if received by November 30th. Your gift will have double the impact right here in Manatee County. Donate now!

Bartending for a Cause

Community Shoe Box Drive

Bartending for a Cause

Join Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee in a fun night filled with an all-star lineup of guest bartenders Bill Grenier, Jay Heater, Veronica Miller, Keith Pandeloglou, Amanda Panico, and Terry Wells. Bartending for a Cause is Thursday, November 16th from 6-8:30 pm at The Ranch Grill, 14475 East State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34202. This event benefits the 12th Annual Community Shoe Box Drive for Manatee County seniors on December 3rd, 2017 at Daybreak Adult Day Center located at 10920 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch 34202. Click here for more details.

Empty Bowls 2017

The Food Bank of Manatee’s 17th Annual Empty Bowls 2-Day Luncheon presented by Synovus was a delicious success. The Food Bank raised more than $26,000 to use its purchasing power to buy food and supplies for programs like Sack Summer Hunger backpack program, baby basket care packages, and crisis stabilization kits. For every dollar raised, The Food Bank of Manatee can provide seven meals.

Guests of this year’s luncheon sampled hot soups, fresh-baked bread, and desserts prepared by local Manatee County restaurants. Click here to see pictures of this year’s event.

We Need a Hand!

The holidays are here and volunteers are needed to sort donated non-perishable food and help prepare crisis stabilization kits for distribution. The Food Bank of Manatee is open Monday through Friday from 7 am-3 pm.

Click here to register as a volunteer at The Food Bank of Manatee and a food bank associate will call you back.

November is Food Drive Month at Anna Maria Oyster Bar

As part of their 12 Cheers for Twenty Years birthday celebration, Anna Maria Oyster Bar is encouraging guest to bring shelf-stable, non-perishable food items to donate to The Food Bank of Manatee and in return receive a free Portabella Mushroom appetizer. Additionally, the inventive bartenders have concocted a Birthday Cake Cocktail. Proceeds from the sales of the festive libation will be donated to The Food Bank of Manatee. Plan your visit to any of Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s four locations at


Bradenton Turkey Trot – Give to Run

The 20th Annual Bradenton Runners Club De Soto National Monument 5 Mile Turkey Trot will be held in Bradenton on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23th. This unique race has never charged a registration fee, but instead appeals to the community to donate food to The Food Bank of Manatee via the registration page or bring cash and non-perishable food items the day of the event.

Race number pickup at pre-registration tables starts at 6:45 am on race day. Race day registration closes 7:45 am. Starting gun 8 am. For more information and registration, visit

With much Gratitude…

This year we will serve over 500 Thanksgiving dinners to our homebound seniors. We send out a big thank you to our Thanksgiving meal drivers, and our deepest gratitude to all our “Champions,” who volunteer for our programs throughout the year.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, our staff, and our clients, thank you for your support to Meals on Wheels PLUS and the Food Bank of Manatee. We wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Maribeth Phillips,
Chief Executive Officer