Our Impact in 2021
For 50 years, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has served the local community. Since 1972, we have delivered over 11 million meals to homebound seniors, distributed tens of millions of pounds of food to local families, and provided social services for local seniors. We are proud to report Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been recognized by numerous organizations as the best nonprofit organization in Manatee County.
Initially founded with the purpose of providing hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and disabled residents of Manatee County, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee became so much more. The organization grew over the years in response to community needs, and the “PLUS” was eventually added to the name as a way of
representing the many other services offered. We have been, and will continue to be, an advocate for those who are isolated, hungry, alone, and in need of hope. Impacting thousands of individuals each year, the programs and services we provide have been a literal lifeline to babies, children, families, adults, and seniors in Manatee County. During COVID, our vital mission proved to be essential in our community.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and all the clients we serve, thank you for your support over the last five decades and for making a difference in our community!
President & CEO
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
We celebrated 50 years of service in Manatee County in 2021.
of every dollar goes back into the PLUS programs.
Over 13,500 hours
were served by volunteers to make the mission of Meals on Wheels PLUS come to life in 2021.
Over 1,500 Holiday Shoeboxes
filled with essentials to bring holiday joy were distributed throughout Manatee County.
Over 328,000 meals
were served to homebound and disabled residents in 2021.
More than double
client increase in 2021.
Nearly 87,000 pounds of fresh produce
were distributed through our Produce on Wheels Program and Mobile Produce Pantry in 2021.
Over 17,000 phone calls
were made in 2021 to check on the wellbeing of our clients through our Telephone Reassurance Program.
An average of 45 clients
each month also received pet food for their furry companions in 2021.
Average of 91 routes
utilized by volunteers to deliver meals to homebound and disabled residents across Manatee County.
The Food Bank of Manatee
Your local food bank relies 100% on the support of the community to meet the rising needs in Manatee County.
Over 3,100,000 pounds of food distributed.
Over 775,000 meals
provided to Manatee County families in need through Food4Families. Food4Families is a program created by Meals on Wheels PLUS in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was developed in partnership with the School District of Manatee to help meet the critical need to provide food for families in Manatee County.
Over 1,000 emergency baby baskets
containing diapers, formula, and wipes were provided to Manatee County residents.
Averaged 90 partner agencies
each month in 2021, all who rely on the food they receive from The Food Bank of Manatee to help their clients and run their programs.
Developed partnerships across Manatee County,
including outreach in Rubonia, Myakka City, and Oneco, to help feed food-insecure families.