September 2017 eNews

Empty Plate
Nothing Runs on Empty

September is Hunger Action Month

We are asking the residents of Manatee County to take action against hunger. This is your opportunity to join a movement that has a real and lasting impact on the efforts to feed Manatee County. We invite you to wear orange on September 14th to show your support on Hunger Action Day.

Advocate In Three Easy Ways:

  1. Social Media
    Grab a plate and write what you can’t do on an empty stomach. Post, tag, and share to your social networks with #HungerActionMonth @FoodBankOfManatee.
  2. Donate
    Donate non-perishable, critically-needed items to The Food Bank of Manatee or invest with a gift for your community.
  3. Volunteer
    We need your time and talents to continue serving our community.

Click here for more information about Hunger Action Month.

20th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest

The Columbia Restaurant will host its 20th Annual Community Harvest Charity Fundraising Event. Meals on Wheels PLUS is a beneficiary and the Community Harvest is an easy and delicious way for you to participate. Dine at the Columbia Restaurant during the entire month of September, designate us as your charity, and Columbia Restaurant will donate 5% of your bill to Meals on Wheels PLUS. Make your reservations here.

Logo 20th community harvest
Painting Party

Artists Needed! (Experience Not Required)

Join us to paint bowls that will be used during the Empty Bowls luncheon benefiting The Food Bank of Manatee. Chat, paint and have fun! Supplies provided. Bring friends! Seats are limited!

Empty Bowls serves as a reminder of all the empty bowls in Manatee County that don’t get filled with food.

Thursday, September 7 from 5-7pm at Painting with a Twist, 5917 Manatee Avenue West Suite 209, Bradenton, FL 34209. Feel free to bring your own light bites & refreshments.
Make your reservations here.

Stuff the Bus to Combat Childhood Hunger

Join United Way Suncoast, Publix, Tropicana, 92.1 CTQ, iHeart Media, and The School District of Manatee County in the 8th Annual Stuff the Bus campaign to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.

The Stuff the Bus event will be held at all 15 Manatee County Publix locations on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 9am-3pm.

Each Publix location will have critical food items available for purchase and customers will be able to help fill up the school bus in the parking lot by making a food donation.

Volunteers are needed to help Stuff the Bus at each of the 15 Publix locations in Manatee County. Click here to volunteer through United Way Suncoast.

Stuff the Bus

Discovering Talent at Daybreak

I wanted to thank everyone at Daybreak Adult Day Center. You all did an amazing job of making my mother [Lucile] feel like she had an extended family and friends. She was engaged and looked forward to seeing you every time she visited your center. Mom is very special to me and I take her care and well-being very seriously. Gene [Daybreak Manager] and Kim [Daybreak’s Registered Nurse] did an incredible job of discovering mom’s hidden talents and tapping into her background. I work in assisted living as an Administrator and I haven’t seen this type of love and care (except in my community, lol) in a very long time.” – Anthony Perry

We wish safe journey to Lucile and her son, Anthony, as they relocate to a new city.

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