February 2019 eNews

Tropical Nights Hot Havana 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 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 Tropical Avenue, an impressive live auction by Jason Alpert Enterprises, and entertainment by our Emcee, ABC 7’s Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan.

Click here for tickets and sponsorship information.

2019 Tropical Nights


Have a Heart and TEXT2GIVE

It is easier than ever to give a gift using TEXT2GIVE. Your donor experience will be quick and simple. Just use your smartphone to text “feedmanatee” to 243725.

$25 sponsors 5 home-delivered meals for a senior.

$50 sponsors 2 Emergency Baby Baskets.

$100 sponsors a senior one day at Daybreak Adult Day Center with roundtrip transportation.

$250 provides 5 students 2 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners each weekend for 3 months

$500 provides home-delivered meals for 3 months.

Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program

We are excited to announce that Winn-Dixie has selected Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee to be a part of the Community Bag Program, making it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the entire month of February, a $1 donation will be made to Meals on Wheels each time a shopper purchases a reusable Community Bag at the Winn-Dixie located at 1010 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL. 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.

Food for Federal Employees

We Feed Manatee! The partial federal government shutdown has ended for now, but its consequences have made a more lasting impression. Furloughed for more than a month, federal workers are still recovering. Families affected by the shutdown can find food and resources at one of the 100 partner agencies of The Food Bank of Manatee. Click here, for a partner agency directory.

Appliances Needed!

Meals on Wheels PLUS is looking for appliances for homebound clients. Microwaves and small reach-in refrigerators are an immediate need.

Meals on Wheels PLUS volunteers and staff go through food-safety training to ensure that delivered food is safe for clients to eat. Volunteers cannot leave meals unattended unless there is a way to refrigerate them and the best way to reheat frozen weekend and holiday meals is in a microwave.

You can donate gently used appliances at the Meals on Wheels PLUS operations office, 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208 or Daybreak Adult Day Center, 10920 State Road 70, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


Can Sculpture and Food Drive

In January, the Rotary Club of Palmetto hosted a can sculpture and food drive benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee at the Manatee County Fair. Teams from Timberlake cabinetry, Cream of the Crop 4-H Club, Boys and Girls Club of Manatee, Palmetto Rotary, 4-H’ers of Duette, FELT(Feeding Empty Little Tummies), and Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee collected 5,409 cans of food to build their sculptures.

Judges awarded ribbons for:

  • Most Cans Used in Can Sculpture: Timberlake Cabinetry
  • Best Use of Labels: Meals on Wheels PLUS
  • Judges Favorite Can Sculpture: Cream of Crop 4-H Club
  • Most Creative Can Sculpture: Boys and Girls Club
  • Honorable Mention: FELT
  • Honorable Mention: 4-H’ers of Duette

Friendship Dining Open House

The Friendship Dining Program had an open house on January 31, 2019 at the Enrichment Center. Participants from the Journey Friendship Center joined in to welcome guests interested in joining. Staff and volunteers served snacks and drinks while participants played Nutrition Education BINGO, followed by lunch. Click here to learn more about the Meals on Wheels PLUS Friendship Dining Program.