January 2019 eNews

2018 in Review

Thanks to you, Meals on Wheels PLUS is celebrating the impact that our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and partner agencies made in Manatee County during 2018!

200,000 nutritious hot meals, dinners, and holiday meals were delivered to approximately 750 home-bound elderly by 300 volunteers over 52 routes in Manatee County. Additionally, volunteers delivered 20,000 pounds of fresh produce through the new Produce on Wheels program.

Assisted by 622 volunteers, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed 4.1 million pounds of food, 2,200 crisis stabilization-kits and baby baskets to 884 individuals, 460, and more than 110,000 weekend meals in 18,000 food sacks over the summer. Through the help of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, The Food Bank of Manatee purchased a refrigerated truck to deliver fresh produce to children and families that need it most.

Together, We Feed Manatee!


Give Food, Share Hope in the New Year

UNTIL JANUARY 11TH, YOUR GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED WITH A 1:1 MATCH UP TO $50,000! As we continue to secure food for over 100 pantries, soup kitchens, and partner agencies, your gifts will double thanks to the generosity of The Steven & Natalee Herrig Family Foundation.

And, as the New Year commences, we reflect on how grateful we are for you. Your support will bring food and hope in the New Year! Click here to give a gift.

Holidays Shoe Boxes for Seniors

Just in time for the holidays, Meals on Wheels PLUS held its 13th Annual Shoe Box Drive and Reception.  Over 700 wrapped shoe boxes were stuffed with presents for home-bound clients. Thanks to you, these gifts were distributed throughout the holidays. Often, these gift boxes are the only presents that the clients will receive during the holidays.

I just started getting meals delivered. I can’t believe you gave me this gift.James, meal recipient
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Volunteer T-shirt

Volunteer Apparel Available

Be a Champion! For a $20 online donation, you can receive your very own volunteer shirt or hat! Click here to check out the new co-branded apparel available for Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee Champion Volunteers!

Driving In Style

Recently, Meals on Wheels PLUS re-wrapped the home-delivered meals fleet to update and reflect our brand. With a fresh new look, our vans are driving around town in style, boldly displaying the 2018/2019 annual sponsors as well as appealing to the community for new volunteers.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for their continued support!

Friendship Dining Moves to Enrichment Center

The Enrichment Center is the new home of the West-County Friendship Dining Program. Clients enjoy crafts, conversations, guest speakers, and hot, nutritious meals delivered by Meals on Wheels PLUS. Join us Mondays-Fridays from 9 am-1 pm at 1816 9th Street West in Bradenton.

Volunteers are welcome to engage the clients with social activities and help with projects. Click here to volunteer at Friendship Dining.


Please join us at our West-County Friendship Dining Center Open House Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 11am–12:30pm at Renaissance on 9th 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Enjoy snacks, games, and raffles and learn about becoming a friendship dining participant.

2019 Tropical Nights

Save the Date for 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 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.