Stuff the Bus

A community effort is underway jointly with the Bradenton Herald, iHeartMedia, the Herald-Tribune, PNC Bank, Publix, the United Way Suncoast, and The School District of Manatee County to ‘Stuff The Bus’, an event to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. ‘Stuff The Bus’ will be presented by Mosaic and held at all 16 Manatee County Publix locations on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Customers will have the opportunity to make a food donation to help fill 16 school buses parked at Publix locations. All donations collected on Sunday will be distributed to The Food Bank of Manatee’s 115 agencies and food pantries in Manatee County.

How You Can Help:
How you can help:
Shop- Customers at any of the 16 Publix stores located in Manatee County can donate nonperishable foods on September 30th from 9am- 3pm. Each Publix location will have critical food items available for purchase.

Volunteer- Please join us and register to volunteer online at, search for “Stuff The Bus.” This event is a great opportunity for corporate teams, civic clubs, church groups, and individuals to make a difference!

Mobile Produce Pantry:
Fresh from Farm to Families

The Food Bank of Manatee’s Mobile Produce Pantry is just as it sounds—a produce pantry on wheels! With the new mobile produce truck purchased through a grant provided by the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, The Food Bank of Manatee will be able to distribute fresh produce to Manatee County children and families. Help envision a healthier community by supporting the Mobile Produce Pantry!

The benefits of fresh produce are far reaching:

  • Improved Health
  • Lower Obesity Rates
  • Reduced Medical Costs
How You Can Help:
$500 will sponsor one fresh produce distribution feeding approximately 250 children and families in need. 100% of the donations will be used to purchase produce.

To donate, visit

Meals on Wheels PLUS on Daytime TV

On Friday, August 31, WFLA News Channel 8’s Daytime TV Show presented by Lakewood Ranch Communities aired a special interview with Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. The interview features many Meals on Wheels PLUS staff, volunteers, clients, and programs. We truly appreciate the opportunity to showcase all the services and people under the Meals on Wheels PLUS ‘umbrella’. Click here to watch the interview.

Meals on Wheels PLUS
Now Delivering Dinner

Starting in September, volunteers will be delivering dinners to qualifying clients of the home-delivered meal program. Qualifying clients will receive their hot lunch AND an extra cold-meal for dinnertime, both delivered daily. These meals provide healthy nutrition to seniors who are vulnerable to food insecurity. A registered dietician approves each meal, which provides 1/3 of the daily requirements for a 72-year-old female.

21st Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest

The Columbia Restaurant will host its 21st Annual Community Harvest. This event will benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS and is an easy and delicious way for you to help raise donations and awareness. Dine at any Columbia Restaurant during the month of September, select Meals on Wheels PLUS as your charity of choice, and Columbia Restaurant will donate 5% of your bill to help end hunger in Manatee. Make your reservations here, invite your family, and make a difference in Manatee County!

Sack Summer Hunger in Manatee:
Your Impact

Over the summer of 2018, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed weekend food sacks to 47 community partner sites throughout Manatee County, providing nutritious meals and snacks to students. In total, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed more than 110,000 meals to more than 18,000 students this summer.Even the heat and the rain could not keep food bank volunteers from handing out weekend food sacks to school-aged kids this summer.

Without proper nutrition, children will not reach their full potential or focus. It is critical to our community that we ensure our children have the essential food they need during the summer break.Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS and The Food Bank of Manatee

Save the Dates

Stuff The Bus

Sunday, September 30th | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
All Manatee County Publix locations

Empty Bowls

Manatee’s “Longest Lunch Table”

Thursday, November 8th | 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Renaissance on 9th

Friday, November 9th | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Shoe Box Reception

Sunday, December 2nd | 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Daybreak Adult Day Center

Tropical Nights

Friday, March 22nd | 6 p.m.-10 p.m.