COVID-19 Impact Update


Together, We Have Made an IMPACT!

In the midst of COVID-19, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is again proving to be a lifeline in our community. As the number of those facing food-insecurity continues to rise drastically due to the pandemic, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet critical nutrition needs.

We all have been affected by COVID-19 and adjusted to the constant change of guidelines and safeguarding. For Meals on Wheels PLUS, that means we have continually modified our operations to keep our clients, volunteers, and staff safe. We have increased capacity in both our Home-delivered Meal Program and the programs of The Food Bank of Manatee. At the same time, we have temporarily suspended programs for seniors attending our Daybreak Adult Day Center, Friendship Dining Centers, and The Enrichment Center due to social distancing guidelines.

Thanks to the support of our generous community, we have impacted so many lives in just a matter of months. Thousands of meals have been distributed to people needing help during this pandemic, including the elderly, families, children, and babies right here in Manatee County. Thank you for making this vital work possible.

While we do not know the future effects of the pandemic on our community, we do know that together, we can feed Manatee!

With a grateful heart,

Maribeth Phillips President & CEO

*This report reflects our response to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1st, 2020 and June 30th, 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in partnership with the School District of Manatee, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee initiated a new program called Food4Families to help meet the critical need to provide food for families in Manatee County in the wake of the devastating impact on businesses, school closures, and employment.

  • 10+ locations
  • 259,000 meals
  • 19,000 pounds of fresh, nutrient-rich produce
  • Supporting families at:
    • AMI Kids
    • Boys and Girls Club – DeSoto
    • Boys and Girls Club – Palmetto
    • Just for Girls
    • Visible Men Academy

Additional mass food distribution was held on June 06, 2020 that provided:

  • 43,000 additional meals
  • 730 gallons of milk
  • 1,400 loaves of bread to multi-generational families in need.

That’s over 300,000 meals provided in direct distribution in 4 months!

In addition, thousands of pounds of food have been provided from The Food Bank of Manatee to food pantries and partner agencies to help meet the needs of Manatee County residents.

Together, #WeFeedManatee


Our Home-delivered Meal program is what most people know Meals on Wheels for… hot, nutritious meals delivered to the door of seniors in our community, letting them know they are cared for and not alone.

New protocols have been put in place for the safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff. By providing masks, gloves, sanitizer, and adhering to social distancing guidelines, we have continually modified our operations while meeting increased needs.

In June of 2020
Meals on Wheels PLUS of
Manatee served our 11 millionth meal!

Produce on Wheels
Delivered March-June
22,400 lbs.


Aside from the amazing nutritional benefits of the meals we deliver, another very important component of our Home-delivered Meal program is that we check on the safety and well-being of our clients.

Due to COVID-19, we’ve modified our delivery schedule to provide the same amount of meals in a week to each client, but in less deliveries. On the days when we are not seeing our clients, we are calling to check on them and make sure they have everything they need. For many of our clients, their Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee delivery driver is the only person they see in a day… and we want them to know we care and are here for them if they need anything.


With in-person programming suspended for our senior clients at Daybreak Adult Day Center, we have turned to Zoom to stay connected. We have had a total of 13 Zoom calls with a total of 43 clients participating since the program started at the end of May. Clients enjoy seeing each other and catching up! Daybreak staff help to facilitate discussion topics ranging from health to classic cars. This really is a case of “the more the merrier” and we have invited our Friendship Dining Center clients to join in our Zoom activities to stay connected in the weeks ahead.