May 2017 eNews

Girl examining empty bowl at table
Sack Summer Hunger 2017

The Food Bank of Manatee Helps End Summer Hunger

Did you know 55% of school-aged kids in Manatee benefit from free or reduced priced meals at school? The Food Bank of Manatee needs support from our community to help provide meals to food insecure children during the summer months. This year, the “Summer Sack Hunger” campaign will help bridge that hunger gap by distributing 1,000 weekend food sacks for kids for 9 weeks starting June 9th, 2017 through August 4th. Continue reading about Sack Summer Hunger.

The 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On Saturday, May 13th, postal carriers in Manatee County will pick up non- perishable food items along their routes and partner with The Food Bank of Manatee by collecting critical food donations. Manatee County residents can leave bags of non-perishable foods by their mailboxes on May 13th. To ensure donations are received by The Food Bank of Manatee, residents can drop off donations between 1 pm and 5 pm at the following post offices: Palmetto – 520 7th St West, Palmetto, the Ellenton – 2605 72nd Ave East, Ellenton, Parrish – 12144 US Highway 301N, Parrish, Bradenton Beach 116 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, or The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave E.

“Too many people in this country are going hungry,” NALC president Fredric Rolando said. “We know this to be true because we see it as we deliver to every address in America at least six days a week.” Sadly, statistics back this up. Nearly 50,000 individuals in Manatee County are food insecure, of which 17,940 are children. 135,000 households in Manatee County (12%) are below the poverty line and another 31% are in danger of falling into poverty, earning less than the cost of living.

For More information, visit the official Facebook page at

Stamp Out Summer Hunger!
Pineapple and Program for Tropical Nights 2017

2017 Tropical Nights: Sunsets in Paradise

This year’s Tropical Nights: Sunsets in Paradise was certainly a huge success! Tropical Nights is the biggest fundraiser of the year benefiting the PLUS Programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. An island inspired evening included a steel drum welcome, a tropical themed menu masterfully prepared by our award-winning chefs, and a “Parched Pineapple,” this year’s signature drink, at the Cool Today Lounge.

As the orange sun set, guests lined up for dessert at the Purple Belle Ice Cream Truck for freshly scooped cones. Meals on Wheels PLUS chief executive officer Maribeth Phillips and board Chair Michelle Detweiler welcomed guests along with emcee Bob Harrigan, who delivered his promise of great weather as well as his humor. Guest paddles started flying as the auctioneer, Ken Sons, started taking bids on great trips and dinner packages during the live auction. The warm Florida night really heated up as The Tropical Ave Band took the stage and got the guests moving on the dance floor.

Meals on Wheels PLUS will certainly surprise and delight guests next year for the big 25th Annual Tropical Nights on April 7th, 2018. Click here to see pictures from Tropical Nights.

2017 Tribute to Heroes Block Party & Parade

On Sunday, May 28th, thousands will line Main Street Lakewood Ranch this Memorial Day Weekend in support of our local veterans and heroes. Come join the community and Meals on Wheels PLUS as we walk in the parade. Pre-block party starts on Lakewood Ranch Main Street at 6 pm. The parade starts at 7 pm. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: – Best Float – Most Patriotic Bike – Most Original Bike – Cutest Bike. Themes should be tied into the Memorial Day, Tribute to Heroes. Click here for more information on The Tribute to Heroes.

Please come out and support our troops and cheer for the Meals on Wheels PLUS/Food Bank of Manatee Parade Team!

Tribute to Heroes Block Party & Parade Flyer
Older Americans Month 2017

May is Older Americans Month

Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month! Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Older Americans Month has been a time to celebrate older adults, their stories, and their contributions to our society. May is also a time when we can identify and raise awareness about issues they face. This year’s Older Americans Month theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
Join us as we speak up and out loud for Older Americans Month. Let’s amplify the many voices of older Americans! For more information, visit

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