Home-delivered Meals FAQ

Q: What is a Home-delivered Meal?

A: Home-delivered Meals are nutritious, hot meals meeting your dietary needs, delivered to your doorstep by one of our caring volunteers or staff members. Most meals include a serving of lean protein, a starch, a vegetable, dessert, wholewheat bread, butter, and milk. Other meal options, such as pureed meals are available.

Along with the meal, we provide our clients with nutrition information, social interaction, a safety check to make sure they are doing okay in their home, and an assessment of any changes that might impact their future medical needs. This can mean the difference between independent living at home and an unwelcome transfer to a costly long-term care facility.

Q: What can I expect in the Home-delivered Meal I receive?

A: The hot, nutritious, meals each contain one-third of the minimum daily nutritional requirements for senior adults. Each meal includes the following:

  • 1 serving of a lean protein (beef, chicken, turkey, pork, or fish)
  •  1-2 servings of starch (potato, wholewheat pasta, or brown rice)
  •  1-2 servings of vegetables
  •  1 dessert (pudding or fruit)

All meals are served with 8 oz of 1% low-fat milk and one slice of whole wheat bread and butter. Additionally, each meal contains at least 600 calories and less than 800 mg of sodium.

Q: Can I choose the type of food I want to receive?

A: Yes. A monthly meal menu is distributed to all Home-delivered Meals clients and substitutions are available based on your nutritional needs and preferences.

All Home-delivered Meals provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) and are approved by registered dietitians. Pureed meals are also available for individuals who have special needs.

We offer a variety of daily hot or chilled meal types. Home delivery of frozen meals for weekends and holidays is also available.

Q: When and how are the meals delivered?

A: The meals are delivered Monday through Friday between 10:45 am and 1:45 pm. You must be home to receive your meal. Due to temperature control and food safety standards, meals cannot be left outside your home.

Q: Are meals available on weekends, holidays, and during bad weather?

A: Yes, frozen meals are available for weekends, holidays, and during bad weather. Deliveries made on Fridays include any weekend and/or holiday meals you have ordered. Shelf stable meals for hurricane season can also be ordered. Please call 941-747-4655 for more information.

Q: If I am not home, can the driver leave my meal by the door?

A: Due to temperature control and food safety requirements, we can not leave your meal by your door. We also want to make sure you are okay and hand you your food. If you can’t be home due to an appointment, call Client Services at 941-747-4655 x1225 to let them know you don’t need a meal delivery for that day.

Q: Do I have to take the meal service every day? What if I have an appointment and won’t be home at delivery time?

A: You can choose a delivery schedule that meets your needs. If you only need meals two days a week, we can accommodate that. Simply call 941-747-4655 X1225 for more information click here to register for Home-delivered Meals.

Q: What is Convenient Cuisine?

Convenient Cuisine is a meal-delivery service available for just $7.00 a meal and is available to any person living in Manatee County.

For those in our community who have trouble getting to the grocery store and preparing their own meals, but are otherwise self-sufficient, Convenient Cuisine is a great way to increase your independence. Call 941-747-4655 for more information or click here to register for Home-delivered Meals.

Q: How much does this service cost?

A: Meals are $7.00 each and are delivered by volunteers and staff of Meals on Wheels PLUS with no additional fee.

Funding may be available for clients who are eligible to receive free meals. Call (941) 747-4655 for more information and to register for assistance.

Q: How do I pay for my meals?

A: Meals can be pre-paid or can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. To pay by mail, remit payment with the provided invoice received to:

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

Q: I can afford to pay for my meals but buying groceries and cooking for myself isn’t as easy as it used to be. Is Meals on Wheels PLUS for me?

A: Yes! The Convenient Cuisine program is designed with you in mind! For those in our community who have trouble getting to the grocery store and preparing their own meals, but are otherwise self-sufficient, Convenient Cuisine is a great way to increase your independence.

For just $7.00 a meal, hot, delicious food will be delivered straight to your door by one of our trained volunteers.
This is a flexible program. Whether you need food daily or only once or twice a week, we will work with you to identify a schedule that meets your needs.

Call 941-747-4655 for more information or click here to register for Home-delivered Meals.

Q: Who is eligible to receive free or discounted meals from Meals on Wheels in Manatee County?

A: Nutritious Home-delivered Meals may be available for you and/or a loved one at a free or reduced rate if you live in Manatee County and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Live in Manatee County, Florida
  • 60+ years of age
  • Referred by the Department of Children and Families and between 18 and 59 years of age
  • Homebound
  • Have difficulty preparing meals or shopping for yourself
  • Have been recently discharged from the hospital

Funding for meals may be available. Call (941) 747-4655 for more information or click here to register for Home-delivered Meals.

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: At certain times of the year, there is a waiting list for eligible persons to receive funded Home-delivered Meals. Convenient Cuisine is always available throughout the year.  Call 941-747-4655 for more information or click here to register for Home-delivered Meals.

Q: What is a wellness check?

A: When you sign a loved one up for Meals on Wheels PLUS, we are not just delivering a hot, nutritious meal—we are also checking on the safety and welfare of your loved one. For many of our clients, their Meals on Wheels PLUS delivery volunteer is the only person they see during the day. Our services are so much more than food… for many, we are a lifeline to the outside world.

In addition, all Home-delivered Meals clients regularly receive an assessment of any changes that might impact their future medical needs. This can mean the difference between independent living at home and an unwelcome transfer to a costly long-term care facility.

Q: Are there any extra services that can be included with my meal?

A: Yes, the “PLUS” in Meals on Wheels PLUS is what makes us different! In addition to home-delivered meals, all Home-delivered Meals clients are also offered:

  • Pet food for dogs and cats in the home of our home-delivered meals clients. We know your furry companion is your best friend and we want to make sure they are healthy. This service is complementary and available at no extra cost.
  • Fresh produce delivery one time a month via our Produce on Wheels (POW) program. We recognize the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables and want to make sure fresh produce is available to all our Home-delivered Meals clients. Each produce bag contains fresh fruits and veggies as well as a recipe card with nutritional information. This service is complementary and available at no extra cost.
  • Commodity bags containing extra shelf-stable food. This service is complementary and available at no extra cost.

Q: I am able to get out and I enjoy the company of others. Is there someplace I can gather with other seniors, aged 60+, to enjoy a meal and fellowship?

A: Yes! Meals on Wheels PLUS offers Friendship Dining centers designed just for you! These programs provide great opportunities for social interaction, laughter, and a delicious meal in the company of others. Open every weekday, there are two Friendship Dining sites in Manatee County available to you – one located at Renaissance on 9th near downtown Bradenton and the other at Journey Assembly in East Bradenton. Call 941-747-4655 or click here, for more about our Friendship Dining.


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.

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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.

PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT…TOGETHER WE FEED MANATEE!

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 www.800helpfla.com within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.