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July 2021 News Updates

June Food Drives Were a Success!

During the month of June, we asked for your help to donate breakfast items in recognition of Hunger Awareness in Manatee County and the response was overwhelming! We are so grateful for the continued support of our caring community!

Over 15,000 pounds of food was donated via food drives! We also received over 170,000 lbs of food from community partners. In addition, over $80,000 was raised for Hunger Awareness in Manatee County.

We are pleased to recognize the winner of our Hunger Awareness Month food drive contest! Drumrolll, please…… Thank you to Bradenton-based business, Chris-Craft who collected over 2,850 lbs of food and monetary donations to help feed our community! Congratulations and thanks to everyone that contributed!

Just because June is over doesn’t mean hunger is over. Hunger is an issue in our community every day. For more information about hosting a food drive, click here.

2020 Annual Report

Our 2020 Annual Report is now available. Click here to view.

Stuff The Bus 2021

The global pandemic has caused food-insecurity in our community to skyrocket. The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, has been the leading, local source of nutrition in Manatee County since 1985. As the only food bank based in Manatee County, we need your help to Stuff the Bus this year! 100% of the proceeds and food collected will stay in Manatee County.

Sunday, October 17, 2021
All Manatee County Publix Locations

Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food in 2021 to feed Manatee County residents!

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, click here.


Thank you Ty & Liza Gardner for your generous $10,000 donation. We are excited to welcome them as a new Platinum Annual Sponsor. Ty and Liza have a heart for helping seniors maintain quality of life and ensuring nutrition for all in our community. This donation will make a huge impact on the food-insecure children, families, & seniors in Manatee County.

You can donate online, by texting FEEDMANATEE to 243725, or by calling 941-747-4655.


Giving Back!

That is a consistent answer we get from volunteers when we ask why they donate their valuable time to advance our mission. And Tony is no different. Tony recently moved to the area and wanted to give back to his new hometown while also getting his friend’s son, Jeffrey, out and about and involved in our community. Meals on Wheels PLUS provided the perfect opportunity. Currently, Tony and Jeffrey lend a hand by sorting food on Tuesdays at The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS.

In Connecticut, Tony worked as a driver for a nonprofit organization serving seniors, so our mission was something he could really put his heart into! He fondly remembers the stories the senior clients would tell him and looks forward to building similar relationships in Manatee County. His sidekick, Jeffrey, also has extensive experience volunteering at a variety of nonprofit organizations including Big Cat Habitat, Jungle Gardens, and the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. He and Tony love the feeling of being a part of the team when they volunteer at The Food Bank of Manatee and we are grateful for their dedication each week!

Inspired by Tony & Jeffrey’s giving back? You can become a volunteer today by registering here or by calling 941-747-4655.


A huge thank you to Local 7433 for their fabulous food drive that raised nearly 1,300 lbs of peanut butter and jelly to help supplement kids’ lunches this summer! Local 7433 is a dedicated service group that focuses their attention on veterans and children. Their donation will help #FeedManatee!

If you are looking to help like Local 7433, call 941-747-4655 for ways to donate.