May 2018 eNews

The 26th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

On Saturday, May 12th, 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 12th.

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 Street West, Palmetto; Ellenton – 2605 72nd Avenue East, Ellenton; Parrish – 12144 US Highway 301 North, Parrish; Bradenton Beach – 116 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, or The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Avenue East.

Nearly 58,000 households in Manatee County are food insecure, of which 14,000 individuals are children. Approximately 43% of the households in Manatee County are in danger of falling into poverty, earning less than the cost of living. The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest crisis relief organization in Manatee bridging the gap between those food-insecure and the nutrition they need.

For More information, visit the official Facebook page at

Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month

Join us in celebrating Older Americans Month! Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Older Americans Month is a time to celebrate older adults, their stories, and their contributions to our society.

The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Let’s celebrate Older Americans Month. Snap some senior selfies and tag us in them on social media:



Sack Summer Hunger

When summer begins, more than 20,000 children will start to struggle without their regular school meals in Manatee County. Join The Food Bank of Manatee County as we “Sack Summer Hunger” by distributing 10,000 weekend food sacks for 8-weeks over the summer. Each sack contains 6 meals and milk to provide students weekend nutrition while school is not in session. Here are a few ways you can help:

Please sponsor a student in need this summer. Your $50 donation will feed a student nutritious weekend meals for 8-weeks over the long summer break. Click here to “Sack Summer Hunger”.


Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am starting May 22nd for 10-weeks to help sort and pack 2,500 weekend food sacks every week.

Volunteers are needed to help deliver the weekend food sacks to more than 30 locations in Manatee County on Thursdays and Fridays at 9 am starting June 7th for 8-weeks until July 28th.

To volunteer, please visit and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

For more information on Sack Summer Hunger or to find a locations where Manatee families can pick up FREE weekend food sacks for their students, visit

Thank You for Your Support!

You answered the call to “Be The One” to end hunger in Manatee County.

Your generous support, combined with a match from The Patterson Foundation and The Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Giving Challenge, and the Sara & Steve Bayard match resulted in over a grand total of $75,000 for meals to end hunger for seniors and children in Manatee County. We are truly grateful!

2018 Tropical Nights
Disco Lights Silver Edition

We are so excited to share the outcome of our 25th Anniversary of Tropical Nights and we thank you all for supporting this sold-out fundraising event.

It was a glorious evening at the Fete Ballroom under the disco lights! Our guests relished a delicious dinner prepared and served by The Polo Grill. The Cool Today Lounge was a popular spot for guests to enjoy a Disco Lemonade. John “Leo” Travolta brought us straight back to the 70’s along with many of our guests wearing incredibly creative outfits. The atmosphere was lively and our guests were very engaged. Not only was Tropical Nights a fun filled evening for our guests to enjoy; we raised over $100,000 to benefit the PLUS Programs of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee!

Don’t go anywhere, Meals on Wheels PLUS already has some big plans in the works for Tropical Nights program in 2019… Hot Havana Nights is coming Friday, March 22, 2019!

Click here to see pictures of Tropical Nights.

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