December 2018 eNews

13th Annual Shoe Box Reception & Holiday Mart

Please join us at The Grande Clubhouse at The Lake Club, Sunday, December 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm for the 13th Annual Holiday Shoe Box Reception. Our goal is to collect 1000 shoe boxes that will be delivered to home-bound seniors during the holiday season. These boxes are often times the only present seniors receive.

Bring a wrapped shoe box filled with items such as toiletries, puzzle books, moisturizing lotion, pens/pencils, trinkets, and slipper socks (or a $20 donation to Meals on Wheels PLUS).

Enjoy light snacks, a cash bar, a silent auction, and a holiday marketplace—all to benefit the seniors in Manatee County!

For detailed guidelines on the shoe boxes click here.

Give Food, Share Hope This Holiday Season.

DOUBLE your contribution with a 1:1 match up to $50,000! As we continue to secure food for over 100 pantries, soup kitchens, agencies and social service organizations, from now until the end of the year, your gifts will double thanks to the generosity of The Steven & Natalee Herrig Family Foundation.

As the holiday season begins, we reflect on how grateful we are for you. Because your support will bring food and hope this holiday season. Click here to give a gift.

2018 Subaru Share the Love® Event

Do you love supporting Meals on Wheels? So does Subaru of America! Their annual Subaru Share the Love® Event helped deliver nearly 2,000 meals to seniors in Manatee County last year! You can help increase that number this year when you purchase or lease a new Subaru between now and January 2 and select Meals on Wheels as the recipient of a $250 donation. Learn more at

So Much to Be Thankful For

Big shout out to all of our Meals on Wheels PLUS volunteers that spent Thanksgiving delivering 550 hot meals and hugs across 52 routes in Manatee! We are so grateful! On #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 27th. We raised over $30,000 on November 27th through your generosity. We steadfastly continue our mission of assisting individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring services through the PLUS programs of home-delivered meals, The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Center, The Enrichment Center, and Friendship Dining. Last but not least, a special thanks to Truman’s Bar & Grill and all of our Startender Bartenders and guests that supported Cocktails for a Cause!

We are so TRULY grateful for the support to our mission!

Runners Collect Food for The Food Bank of Manatee

Manatee County raced to feed hungry families this Thanksgiving season. On Thanksgiving morning, the Bradenton Runners Club held their 21st annual Turkey Trot – ‘Give to Run 5K’. Participants donated cash or canned-food to The Food Bank of Manatee, in lieu of registration fees, ensuring-hunger relief in Manatee County. This year, more than 1,000 pounds of food was collected, providing more than 800 meals.

On Tuesday, Nov 20th, runners at Endurance House Sarasota/Bradenton carried 15 frozen turkeys to a ‘Turkey Drop’ destination during their weekly Tuesday-night 5K run. These turkeys were donated to The Food Bank of Manatee to help make a memorable Thanksgiving for food-insecure families in Manatee.

Save the Date for Tropical Nights2019 Tropical Nights

Mark your calendar for the 26th Annual Tropical Nights Hot Havana Nights to benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Grove Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch.

You will not want to miss this event, as we transcend our guests to the charming art deco Havana. Enjoy salsa dancing and festive musica by the Tropical Avenue Band, an impressive live auction by Jason Alpert Enterprises, and entertainment by our Emcee, ABC 7’s Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan.