March 2019 eNews

Tropical Nights Hot Havana Nights

The SOLD OUT 26th Annual Tropical Nights Hot Havana Nights presented by Manatee Memorial Hospital is on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Grove Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch.

We will 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, entertainment by our Emcee, ABC 7’s Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan, and sip Cuba Libres in the Cool Today Club Cuba.

Beer Belly 5K

The 3rd Annual Beer Belly 5K comes to Lakewood Ranch, FL on March 23, 2019! This year’s fun run again benefits Meals on Wheels of Manatee. The race will have an awesome course through the community, filled with craft beer, and ending on Main Street with an after party consisting of more beer, local food, awesome sponsors, and more prizes and giveaways than you will know what to do with!

Race starts at 9am. Same day registration available starting at 7:30am, but there is no guarantee that shirt sizes will be available after pre-registration. Click here to register for the Beer Belly 5K.

March for Meals

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee will be participating in the 17th annual March for Meals – a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and our senior neighbors who rely on the vital service to remain healthy and independent at home. Meals on Wheels PLUS’s celebration will include local elected officials delivering meals to homebound seniors during Champion’s Week, which is March 24th through 30th.


The annual March for Meals celebration commemorates the historic day in March of 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 to include a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older.

Metro Diner Soft Opening to Benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS

Join Metro Diner for a free breakfast, lunch or dinner Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00 am to 1:30 pm OR 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Please call (941) 306-3102 to reserve a spot for you and up to 3 guests. Donations are welcome and will benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

March is National Nutrition Month

Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a real difference in your health. Try these simply tips for healthy eating:

  • Load your plate with vegetables and fruits.
  • Eat more fish.
  • Don’t skip breakfast.
  • Switch to whole grains.
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar.
  • Limit your sodium.
  • Drink plenty of water.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner at First Baptist Church of Bradenton to extend gratitude to all of the hardworking volunteers, sponsors, board members, and supporters. The incredible dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse Cortez Road was not only a huge hit with the volunteers, but the left overs were donated to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and combined with other ingredients to create 500 additional meals for food-insecure individuals.