July eNews 2019

One Year Later – Update to the Community

At the beginning of July 2019, Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, issued a community letter to provide an update on the state-of-affairs regarding The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

As the largest hunger-relief organization based in Manatee County, The Food Bank of Manatee is proud to announce the many accomplishments and recognitions made possible by our dedicated staff, our Board of Directors, our donors, our annual sponsors, our amazing volunteers, and all of our Community Partners. If you missed the announcement, click here to read the letter.


Sack Summer Hunger Update

The Food Bank of Manatee’s “Sack Summer Hunger” campaign has already distributed over 54,000 weekend meals to students in Manatee County. Hunger does not take a vacation for more than 60% of the students in Manatee County that are on free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs.

Students can pick-up a weekend food sack at any Manatee County Public Library, and The Food Bank of Manatee, a program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, will be following the School District of Manatee County’s “Kids Eat Free” bus on Fridays. Click here for more information.

You can help provide weekend food sacks to food-insecure children this summer by giving a gift. Thanks to a $1:$1 community match from the Steven and Natalee Herrig Family Foundation and Steve and Sara Bayard, all donations up to $75,000 will be doubled this summer! Just $5 provides a summer hunger sack. Your gift of $10 will be doubled to provide 4 sacks!


Volunteers Are Needed This Summer!

Bring your friends, family, and co-workers to lend a hand!

When some volunteers head north for the summer, it is more crucial than ever to find new recruits to help feed Manatee. Whether packing/distributing weekend food sacks for students in Manatee County or delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors, volunteers are needed to make an impact over the summer.

Click here to register to volunteer or call 941-747-4655.


Students Help Pack 600 Bags of Produce!

A huge shout out goes to students from the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County who recently packed 600 bags of produce for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee! Our Produce on Wheels program provides fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables each month to our home-delivered meals clients. Funding for this program is generously provided by Bank of America. For more information on volunteering for this program, please call 941-747-4655.


AmazonSmile – You Shop. Amazon Gives.

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

Sign up for AmazonSmile. It’s Easy:

  • Shop at smile.amazon.com.
  • Search for and select Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee as your charity to receive donations.
  • AmazonSmile will automatically donate .5% of each purchase you make to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee!

Amazon Prime Day – July 15 & 16

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is a two-day parade of epic deals, starting July 15 at 12 am through July 16. Prime Day is an annual celebration with awesome deals and exciting product launches, plus live entertainment, and more, exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

You could help us feed Manatee on Prime Day by signing up for AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com and selecting Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee as your supporting cause. Shop for Amazon Prime Deals on July 15 and 16 using smile.amazon.com and Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will receive part of the profits. It’s that easy!



Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been selected to be a part of the Community Bag Program.

For the entire month of July, when you purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Winn-Dixie located at 5802 14th Street West in Bradenton, $1 is donated to Meals on Wheels PLUS. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment, and fundraise for our cause.

Let’s get started! We strongly encourage you to share this news with family and friends. The more people who learn about the program and purchase the Community Bag during the month of July, the more money we will raise. The Community Bags are located at the checkout.

Thank you for your support!