Pier 22 and Grove Restaurants Donate A Percentage Of Their Sales

The meal’s on us! In the month of March, Pier 22 and Grove restaurants donated a percentage of their sales, providing a significant contribution towards Meals on Wheels PLUS! Both restaurants have made ‘working for good’ their mission and are giving back to the community.

Thank you to both the Grove and Pier 22 for supporting our mission. We are so grateful for all you have done to give back to our community! Thank you for helping to #FeedManatee!

To support our programs with a donation, click here or call 941-747-4655 or make a secure gift online today!


Bradenton, FL – January 25, 2021 Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee proudly announces the 202Board of Directors. Mark Goodson, Community Volunteer, will Chair the Board of Directors with Jackie Barron of Mosaic Company serving as Vice Chair. Jamie DiDomenico, Cool Today, is named TreasurerKathy Martella, Community Volunteer, inamed Secretary and Susan Kramer, Cablish & Gentile Certified Public Accountants, will serve as Member-at-LargeThe 2021 Directors are: Lisa Barnott of Lakewood Ranch Communities, Steve Bayard, Community Volunteer, Christi Bock of TDS Construction, Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Natalee Herrig, Community Volunteer, and Carl Reynolds of Carl Reynolds Law. 


The many impacts of COVID-19 continue to put our critical programs in the spotlight. I am grateful to this dedicated group of leaders for their willingness to advocate for our vital mission as we work together to feed Manatee County residents,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.   

May 2019 eNews

Help “Sack” Summer Hunger in Manatee County!

Hunger does not take a summer break. When summer begins, Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee need your help to “Sack” summer hunger for Manatee County residents of all ages.

  • During the summer, more than 14,000 children will be impacted by not having the regularly provided daily meals at school. Help The Food Bank of Manatee provide nutrition to food-insecure students by volunteering to pack and/or distribute weekend food sacks over the summer.
  • Some of our volunteers migrate to the North for the summer, leaving a number of routes without volunteer drivers to deliver the approximately 700 meals-a-day to homebound seniors. You can fill the gap in coverage by becoming a home-delivered meals volunteer.

Bring your friends, family, and co-workers to lend a hand! Click here to register to volunteer.

There is a greater need for food over the summer and supplies on the shelves at The Food Bank of Manatee are low. Please help fill the shelves by donating non-perishable foods and funds.

  • Host a food drive at your school, business, faith or civic organization, gym, or neighborhood clubhouse. Critically needed items include Spaghetti O’s, mac & cheese, fruit snacks, Vienna sausages, easy-open fruit cups, raisins, applesauce, juice boxes/pouches, pasta, canned veggies/fruit, diapers, and baby formula.
  • Please help us increase our buying power for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee by making a financial donation. 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!

Please click here to make your secure and tax deductible gift today and double your impact.


The 27th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On Saturday, May 11th, postal carriers in Manatee County will partner with The Food Bank of Manatee by collecting non-perishable food items along their routes. Manatee County residents can leave bags of non-perishable food by their mailboxes on May 11th.

Yellow Food-Collection Barrels will also be available at The Food Bank of Manatee located at 3231 59th Drive East Unit 101, Bradenton, FL 34203. To ensure donations are received by The Food Bank of Manatee, residents can drop off donations between 1 pm and 5 pm at the following post offices:

  • Palmetto – 520 7th Street West, Palmetto
  • Ellenton – 2605 72nd Avenue East, Ellenton
  • Parrish – 12144 US Highway 301 North, Parrish
  • Bradenton Beach – 116 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach

The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger relief organization in Manatee County bridging the gap between the food-insecure and the nutrition they need. What you give here—stays here. Please donate!

For More information, visit the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger.


May is Older Americans Month

Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month! Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Older Americans Month is a time to celebrate older adults, their stories, and their contributions to our society.

The theme of 2019, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

Every day, Meals on Wheels PLUS offers programs to promote the idea of Connect, Create, Contribute for older adults in Manatee County. The home-delivered meal program is more than delivering meals—it is about making a connection with a homebound senior, sharing a warm smile, and providing an important wellness check. Often, this visit is the only social interaction the senior will receive that day.

Daybreak Adult Day Center and Friendship Dining are programs that promote independence, creativity, community, and nutrition for older adults. They participate in activities and exercises meant to enhance the quality of their life and provide them with a sense of contribution.

If you or someone you know might benefit from one of the PLUS programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS, visit https://mealsonwheelsplus.org/ for more information or call (941) 747-4655.


The Market at Lakewood Ranch

Many thanks to Lakewood Ranch for providing an opportunity for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee to engage in outreach, recruit volunteers, and collect fresh produce and bread at The Market.

Every Wednesday from December to April, Meals on Wheels PLUS took up residence at a donation station set up at The Market! Kids were encouraged to decorate handcrafted holiday cards, which were delivered to seniors enrolled in various PLUS programs.

In total, $750 in donations and nearly 2,000 pounds of fresh produce, fresh-baked bread, and non-perishable food items were collected to benefit our community. The opportunity to bring awareness to the attendees about Meals on Wheels PLUS was priceless!


Happy Mother’s Day

What better way to honor Mom than making a very special tribute gift on her behalf to Meals on Wheels PLUS. Just $100, will feed two children weekend meals all summer long! Just $200, will provide hot, nutritious lunches for a full month to a homebound senior or you can “Adopt a Senior” for a full year for $2,000.  Make an impact in our community and make a tribute gift in honor of the special women in your life by clicking here.



April 2019 eNews


Community Food Drive—Critical Need!

Attention Snowbirds! Don’t throw away your food before you head up north. Repurpose it by donating it to The Food Bank of Manatee!

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. To have a yellow donation barrel dropped off at your school, business, faith or civic organization, gym, or neighborhood clubhouse, call 941-747-FOOD (3663) or email info@foodbankofmanatee.org.  Click here for a downloadable food drive kit to help promote your food drive.

Almost 60,000 men, women, and children living in Manatee County are food-insecure. The Food Bank of Manatee, the largest hunger-relief organization in Manatee, provides more than 4 million pounds of food annually to 100 partner pantries, soup kitchens, and agencies for distribution to the public.

Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program

We are excited to announce that Winn-Dixie has selected The Food Bank of Manatee to be a part of the Community Bag Program, making it easy for customers to contribute to the food bank while supporting the environment.

For the entire month of April, The Food Bank of Manatee will receive a $1 donation each time a shopper purchases a reusable Community Bag at the Winn-Dixie located at 5802 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 3420. You can find the two colorful reusable Community Bags with the Giving Tag on the reusable bag rack at the store. The key is to look for the bags with a tag that features a blue heart with $1 in it.

This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause.

Grow Financial Free Community Shred Day & Food Drive

Join Grow Financial for their annual Free Community Shred Day & Food Drive on Saturday, April 27th from 9am to noon. Together with ShredQuick, they will be offering this free shredding service at two locations in Manatee County: Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 and Grow Financial Lakewood Ranch Branch, 11008 Arcade Place, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211.

Anyone who takes advantage of this free service is encouraged to bring non-perishable, non-glass food items to donate to The Food Bank of Manatee at either locations.

2019 Tropical Nights Hot Havana Nights

The night was HOT, HOT, HOT at Grove Ballroom! Guests enjoyed a delightful dinner while Sarah Glass & Joshua David, from Sara Dance Center, entertained them with salsa dancing to Latin tunes performed by Tropical Avenue. The Cool Today Club Cuba was a popular spot for guests to enjoy a refreshing Cuba Libre. The atmosphere was exciting and our guests were very engaged.

Meals on Wheels PLUS President & CEO Maribeth Phillips and Board Member Jaime DiDomenico shared our mission with attendees and thanked our supporters. At the end of the fundraising session of the night, Board Chair Bambi Forristall showed a video of Meals on Wheels PLUS at work, which left many in the audience in tears.

Our auctioneer, Jason Alpert, was electric and created several exciting bidding wars, helping to raise our live auction revenue and bid from the heart donations. Tropical Nights was not only a fun filled evening for our guests to enjoy; we raised approximately $140,000 to FEED MANATEE!

Meals on Wheels PLUS is already hard at work preparing for Tropical Nights 2020… Save the date for Saturday, March 28, 2020!

Click here to see pictures of Tropical Nights.
Photo Credit: Cliff Roles

March for Meals

During the last week of March, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee participated in March for Meals Community Champions Week, a community-based initiative across the network of Meals on Wheels America members to drive awareness for home-bound seniors! Local officials joined volunteer drivers in delivering meals to homebound seniors.

On behalf of the seniors we serve in Manatee County, we would like to thank Councilman Gene Gallo, Gary Tibbetts, special assistant to United States Congressman Vern Buchanan, Palmetto Chief of Police Scott Tyler, County Commissioner Betsy Benac, and Bradenton Police Chief Melanie Bevan for taking the time to participate in the 17th annual March for Meals. We are grateful for you and all of our Meals on Wheels PLUS Champions!

Click here to see pictures of March for Meals Champions Week 2019.

3rd Annual Beer Belly 5K

On Saturday, March 23rd, runners participated in a fun 5K race whose course led them through the Lakewood Ranch community, scattered with craft beer stops, and ended with a party including beer trucks, food, and prizes. Proceeds from the race benefited Meals on Wheels PLUS and participants were encouraged to donate non-perishables to The Food Bank of Manatee. Thank you Beer Belly runners! Click here to see pictures from Beer Belly 2019.