November 2018 eNews

2018 Empty Bowls Annual Luncheon

Please join us at Manatee County’s Longest Lunch Table at The 18th Annual Empty Bowls from 11 am to 1 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Renaissance on 9 th and Friday, November 9, 2018 at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch. For 18 years, The Food Bank of Manatee has worked with local businesses and restaurants to produce the annual 2-day Empty Bowls luncheon, drawing larger crowds each year.

Guests of these luncheons will enjoy a variety of soup provided by local restaurants with fresh bread, and then select a unique, handcrafted soup bowl to keep. This symbolic meal of soup and bread will unite us at one table to ensure hunger-relief in Manatee County.

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP early bowl selection. Purchase tickets for Empty Bowls here.


Bartending for a Cause

Join Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee in a fun night filled with an all-star lineup of guest bartenders Bambi Forristall, Patrick Wright, Ron Beck, and Peggy Kronus. Bartending for a Cause is Wednesday, November 14th from 6-8 pm at Truman’s Trap & Grill, 11161 State Road 70 East Suite 100, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. This event benefits the 13th Annual Community Shoe Box Drive for Manatee County seniors.








Mark your calendar to give back on November 27, 2018 for #GivingTuesday- a global giving moment! This year, The Steven and Natalee Herrig Family Foundation will be matching 1:1 any donations up to $50,000  starting November 27 through the end of the year. 




Bradenton Turkey Trot – Give to Run

The 21st Annual Bradenton Runners Club Turkey Trot will be held in Bradenton on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22nd from 8 am-9:30 am. This unique race has never charged a registration fee, but instead appeals to the community to donate food to The Food Bank of Manatee. Donations can be made via the registration page or bring cash and non-perishable food items the day of the event. 

This year, the Turkey Trot has moved to GT Bray Park and will be a 5K run. 








Blaze Fast Fired Pizza Fundraiser

Join Meals on Wheels PLUS at Blaze Pizza, 215 North Cattleman Road, Sarasota, FL 34243 on Wednesday, November 28th from 5 pm-9pm for some fresh, made-from-scratch artisanal pizza, cooked perfectly crisp in a blazing hot oven by a dedicated pizzasmith. Sound good? Bring in the attached flyer or show it on your phone and Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of the proceeds from your meal to Meals on Wheels PLUS! 




12th Annual Shoe Box Reception & Holiday Mart

Please join us at The Grande Clubhouse at The Lake Club, Sunday, December 2nd from 5 pm to 7 pm for the 13th Annual Holiday Shoe Box Reception. Our goal is to collect 1000 shoe boxes that will be delivered to home-bound seniors during the holiday season. These boxes are often times the only present seniors receive.  

Bring a shoe box filled with items such as toiletries, puzzle books, moisturizing lotion, pens/pencils, trinkets, and slipper socks (or a $20 donation to Meals on Wheels PLUS). Enjoy light snacks, a cash bar, a silent auction, and a holiday marketplace—all to benefit the seniors in Manatee County!

For detailed guidelines on the shoe boxes, click here.