October 2018 eNews

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Celebrates 46 Years

On October 24, 1972, Helen Blue, Jean McKnight and Reverend Kenneth Bar started cooking TV dinners in an 18-inch oven at Rogers Memorial Church. Today, Meals on Wheels PLUS has grown into something so much bigger!

As of 2018, Meals on Wheels PLUS has served and delivered over 10.6 million meals, supplied over 30 million pounds of food to Manatee pantries, distributed more than 200,000 summer weekend-meals to hungry children, operates Daybreak Adult Day Center–the only licensed adult day facility in Manatee County, and operates 22 classes for active adults at The Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th.

Happy Birthday Meals on Wheels PLUS!



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.



Dr. Dave BandMusic on Main

Meals on Wheels PLUS is excited to be the beneficiary of Music on Main on Friday, November 2nd. Join us on Lakewood Ranch Main Street from 6 – 9 pm for Music on Main, a free concert series and block party for the public! Dr. Dave Band will fill the air with high energy Classic Rock, Country and Bluegrass music and the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits. The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids. Please stop by any of the beer tents to support Meals on Wheels PLUS.




Please join us for the 13th Annual Holiday Shoe Box Reception at The Grande Clubhouse in The Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4pm to 6pm. Admission is $20 OR bring a wrapped and filled shoebox for a senior. We hope to collect 1000 Shoeboxes that volunteers and staff of Meals on Wheels PLUS will deliver to seniors throughout the holidays. These boxes are often times the only holiday gift seniors receive.

Guests will enjoy the holiday Market, photobooth compliments of MySelfie, lite bites provided by The Grande Clubhouse at The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, and live entertainment by a magician.





Stuff the BusStuff the Bus 2018

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, customers donated 90,000 pounds of food to The Food Bank of Manatee. They stuffed 16 school buses parked at Publix locations throughout Manatee County with food-items like rice, beans, peanut butter, canned meats, and baby formula. We are so grateful to everyone who participated and made this year our best yet!

The Food Bank of Manatee distributes food to over 100 pantries in Manatee County, who in turn give food to families in need.




Home Delivered Meal ClientVolunteers

Meals on Wheels PLUS is in critical need of volunteer drivers. We need volunteers to distribute hot, nutritious meals and smiles to isolated seniors and provide vital wellness checks. During the holidays, our volunteers deliver lap robes as well as holiday shoeboxes stuffed with presents for the clients.

There is no long-term commitment. You decide which days you can to deliver. 2-hours a week can help feed someone who really needs it.

Click here to register to volunteer or call (941) 747-4655.