4Star125x125Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has earned the prestigious 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. This rank is given for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is the only human services organization in the Bradenton/Sarasota area to receive this honor.

“This is an extremely exciting accomplishment,” said Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “Our Board of Directors and staff work very hard to be as efficient and effective as possible to serve our community, so it is rewarding to receive this recognition.

August 2018 eNews

Produce on Wheels

Produce on Wheels is a new PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to clients in Manatee County. The Produce on Wheels inaugural delivery day was Wednesday, July 25th. Volunteers delivered a bag of fruits and veggies including an educational info card with a recipe as well as their regularly delivered hot, nutritious meals. The program will repeat the fourth Wednesday of each month. Produce on Wheels is made possible by funding provided by Bank of America, Senior Connection Center, and Faith United Church of Christ.

Community Food Drive

There are over 50,000 food insecure men, women, and children living in Manatee. The Food Bank of Manatee will continue to operate as a vital resource for Manatee County offering collections and distributions of approximately 2 million pounds of food. We will secure this food through our strong community partnerships, including food drives, donations, and grants.

You can help The Food Bank of Manatee provide hunger-relief to those in need by hosting a food drive and collecting non-perishable foods. Call 941-747-FOOD or email to request a donation barrel to be dropped off at your school, business, faith or civic organization, gym, or neighborhood clubhouse.

Sack Summer Hunger Update

As summer comes to an end and students prepare for school, The Food Bank of Manatee’s “Sack Summer Hunger” campaign is continuing to distribute weekend meals for students until August 10th. Nearly 80,000 meals have been distributed this summer, leaving the shelves at the food bank in need of replenishing. Your gift of time, talent, and treasure to The Food Bank of Manatee will ensure that food and support will continue to food-insecure families in Manatee County. To donate, visit

Senior Citizens Day

In recognition for the contributions to the United States, President Ronald Reagan and the U.S. Congress declared August 21st, 1988 to be the first National Senior Citizens day. At Meals on Wheels PLUS, we are serious about our seniors. Nearly 200,000 hot, nutritious meals and smiles are delivered annually to homebound seniors.

At Daybreak Adult Day Center, we ensure the well-being of our seniors through activities, social interaction, and nutrition. We encourage an active and socially engaged lifestyle for our members aged 50+ at the Enrichment Center on 9th. For more information, visit

Meals On Wheels PLUS Isn’t Just For You

Did you know that Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee delivers pet food for your furry friends? We don’t want you to have to share your delicious meals with your pets, so we deliver pet food twice a month on Thursdays to ensure that they have their nutrition too.

To get food for your pet, call 941-747-4655.

Save the Dates

Stuff The Bus

Sunday, September 30th | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
All Manatee County Publix locations

Empty Bowls

Manatee’s “Longest Lunch Table”

Thursday, November 8th | 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Renaissance on 9th

Friday, November 9th | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Shoe Box Reception

Sunday, December 2nd | 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Daybreak Adult Day Center

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Meets the Gold Standard for Meals On Wheels Programs Nationwide

Bradenton, FL, February, 2010 – Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) recently declared Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee an Exemplary MOWAA Magnet Accredited program. Similar to the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) seal of approval, Exemplary MOWAA Magnet Accreditation is a clear indication that a local senior nutrition program operates according to the highest standards for program safety, program quality and program efficiency.

MOWAA Magnet Accreditation uses criteria designed to measure the program’s performance according to a set of universal performance standards. The rigorous accreditation process examines the program’s performance in several key areas, including resource development, operations management, meal and nutrition services, fiscal management, governance, and others. To receive Exemplary Accreditation means that the program has gone above and beyond the expectations of the MOWAA Accreditation Program.

“We are proud to have Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee as a Member of our national association,” said Enid Borden, President and CEO of MOWAA.“Achieving Exemplary MOWAA Magnet Accreditation should assure all of the members of the community that this program is a program they can trust.”

January 2018 eNews

2017 in Review

Let’s celebrate the impact we made in our community in 2017!

  • Approximately 200,000 hot, nutritious meals were delivered to home-bound elderly by more than 500 volunteers over 52 routes in Manatee County.
  • The Food Bank of Manatee distributed more than 4.3 million pounds of food, 361 crisis stabilization-kits feeding nearly 1,400 family members, 1,475 emergency baby baskets, and more than 40,000 weekend meals to school-aged children over the summer.
  • Nearly 1,000 wrapped shoe boxes filled with gifts were collected and distributed to seniors.
  • At The Enrichment Center on 9th, more than 400 members were actively involved enjoying social, recreational, and educational programs for adults ages 50 and up.
  • Daybreak Adult Day Center helped promote independence and social interaction for 94 elderly clients.

OneBlood’s Big Red Bus

Come give blood Monday, January 18th from 9 am to 12 pm at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205. One in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime. Blood donations not only help save lives, but also aid in faster healing for surgery patients. Give blood and receive cookies, juice, and a special gift. Make your appointment to donate blood here…

Shoe Box Volunteers

Show Box Reception and Holiday Mart

The 12th Annual Shoe Box Reception and Holiday Mart was a huge success. This year’s reception was kicked off with Bartending for a Cause at The Ranch Grill. Guests enjoyed cocktails prepared by fun guest bartenders, good eats, and fun raffle prizes.

Volunteers, staff, and the community gathered toiletries, puzzle books, moisturizing lotion, pens/pencils, Christmas trinkets, and slipper socks then stuffed and wrapped almost 1,000 shoe boxes which were delivered to Meals on Wheels PLUS clients for the holidays! Often, these gift boxes are the only present that the clients will receive during the holidays.

Save the Dates

Bartending for a Cause

On Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm, join us at The Polo Grill, located at 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Bradenton, FL 34202. Enjoy drinks crafted by fun guest-bartenders, great food, and raffles all benefiting the LOVE of The Food Bank of Manatee.