COVID-19 Update

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is committed to ensuring the safest practices and is making continual adjustments to our operations. It is our mission to provide nutrition and caring, supportive services, with increased precautions to safeguard our clients, volunteers, and staff.

We do not know at this point how long this change of regular operations will be in effect, but we will continue to update our Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee COVID-19 Information Page as well as our Meals on Wheels PLUS Facebook page.

The Friendship Dining Program invites those 60+ years of age who are seeking companionship, activities and a hot, nutritious meal. Two Friendship Dining Centers are conveniently located in East and West Manatee County and are open Monday through Friday, except holidays. In some instances, transportation can be provided.

All Friendship Dining Centers receive the same meals as the home-delivered meal clients, provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), and are approved by a registered dietitian. Alternative meals may be available to meet certain dietary preferences.

Participants enjoy the following services provided at these centers:

  • Recreational activities including films, field trips, art and music
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Card games, bingo, creative projects, and more
Friendship Dining

Take a Tour One of Our Friendship Dining Centers. Call (941) 747-4655 for Information.

Friendship Dining Center Locations: Monday-Friday 9 am to 1 pm

Renaissance on 9th 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205

Journey Assembly 3855 Pro Am Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34203

Friendship Dining at Renaissance on 9th
Check out the Renaissance on 9th Friendship Dining calendar for daily activities. Click for a downloadable PDF.
Friendship Dining Menu
Check out the Friendship Dining menu. Click to for a downloadable PDF.
Friendship Dining at Journey Assembly
Check out the Journey Friendship Dining calendar for daily activities. Click to for a downloadable PDF.

*Due to program interruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, activity and meal calendars are for information only.

Stay up to date on the Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee COVID-19 Information Page.

Funding for Friendship Dining is made possible by

In the midst of this unprecedented circumstance, we are working to fulfill the rising needs and costs of our programs to ensure essential nutrition is available to our home-bound seniors, children, and families who do not have access to meals.

We are beyond grateful for the overwhelming response from those interested in volunteering at Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee! The numbers of those wanting to volunteer exceeds what we can currently accommodate due to the guidelines issued by the CDC. The needs in our community are great and will continue to grow. We encourage everyone interested in lending a hand to mobilize a non-perishable food collection or purchase items online to be delivered directly to us.

Specifically needed items: canned vegetables, baby cereal & formula, canned fruits, mac ‘n’ cheese, peanut butter, jelly, boxed rice, boxed pasta, canned soups, canned meat, 100% fruit juices, breakfast bars, oatmeal, powdered milk, apple sauce, dried beans, trail mix, and healthy cereals. Please avoid glass containers.

Click here for a printable flyer.


Critically Needed Food Checklist

All donations can be delivered or shipped directly to:

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208.


The Florida Registration number for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is #CH1420. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) or at within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.