811 23rd Avenue E., Bradenton, FL 34208 (941) 747-4655

Our Impact in 2022

Dear Friends,

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.

Most Sincerely,

Maribeth Phillips
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.

Home-Delivered Meals

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.