Our Impact in 2022
Happy New Year! We are so grateful for all that was accomplished in 2022! The support of our donors, volunteers, and partners makes our critical work possible. Thank you for helping us take care of our community!
While the pandemic is largely in the rear-view mirror, the effects of rising costs have been far-reaching. As a result, the impact of Meals on Wheels PLUS has been crucial. Through the collective efforts and contributions of donors, volunteers, community members, our Board, and staff, we have made tremendous strides in helping those in need through our PLUS programs. Our programs include: Home-delivered Meals, The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Center, and Friendship Dining Centers.
Thank you for all your support in 2022. We look forward to continuing our life-saving impact in 2023 and continuing to serve Manatee County’s most vulnerable.
President & CEO
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
of every dollar goes back into the PLUS programs.
Over 23,000 hours
were served by volunteers to make the mission of Meals on Wheels PLUS come to life in 2022.
Over 1,800 Holiday Shoeboxes
filled with essentials to bring holiday joy were distributed throughout Manatee County.
Over 306,000 meals
were served to homebound and disabled residents in 2022.
Nearly 90,000 pounds of fresh produce
were distributed through our Produce on Wheels Program and Mobile Produce Pantry in 2022.
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 70 clients
each month also received pet food for their furry companions in 2022.
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.
Nearly 3,400,000 pounds of food distributed.
Over 145,000 meals
provided to Manatee County families in need through Food4Families and Holiday Meal distributions.
Over 140,000 pounds of food
provided for hurricane relief in 2022.
Over 1,400 emergency baby baskets
containing diapers, formula, and wipes were provided to Manatee County residents.
Over 80 partner agencies
each month in 2022, 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.
Senior Congregate Programs
Daybreak Adult Day Center provides a safe, secure environment with social, recreational, and therapeutic activities designed to meet the needs of older adults who live at home with a loved one but cannot be left alone while their caregiver works or attends to other responsibilities.
The Friendship Dining Program is for people over 60 who would like to make new friends, participate in fun activities, and hear from local experts on a variety of topics as well as enjoy a nutritious meal.
Over 80 Seniors
were provided nutrition and therapeutic activities in both our full-day and half-day social and congregate meal programs.