The Food Bank of Manatee provides nutritional assistance and caring supportive services to individuals in need throughout Manatee County by distributing food to non-profit agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, and churches. Families in emergency situations can receive food packages on a temporary basis, infant care baskets for a new baby, and pet food. For information on how to donate or volunteer to the Food Bank of Manatee call 941-747-FOOD. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and The Food Bank of Manatee are registered names and any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.
Learn more about The Food Bank of Manatee, and see how vital it is that we continue to serve our community.
To see the 40-minute "Hunger Hits Home" documentary that aired on TV on April 14, 2012, click on the link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/hungry
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LAKEWOOD RANCH ROTARY FOOD AND FUNDS DRIVE
On August 29, 2012, the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club collected over $3,600,
which was used to purchase over 2,100 pounds of food! They took Cindy, our
Food Bank Director shopping with them to assure they were purchasing items
in the highest demand. They also held a successful Food and Funds Drive last
year. Thank you for your continued support!
BOY SCOUTS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
The Boy Scouts collected more than 1300 lbs of nonperishable food on Saturday, March 17, 2012, in neighborhoods throughout Manatee County. They also unloaded and sorted it at the Food Bank. Great work!
Leadership Manatee Alumni Association donated $230 from member collection and a $230 match from the LMAA Board to The Food Bank of Manatee. Brett Pollock and Tara Donovan present a check to The Food Bank's Vice President of Development Kristen Theisen (center).
University Park Women's Club donated $16,000 to the Food Bank of Manatee at their "Walk The Red Carpet" lunch and fashion show in January. The check was presented by Club president Cheryl Kleiman to Food Bank Vice President of Development Kristen Theisen.
Thank you Artists!
In January, the Manatee County Fair held its annual Can Sculpture Contest. All the canned goods used to make the sculptures was donated to The Food Bank of Manatee. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event!
Manatee Memorial Hospital Thrift Shop volunteers and Manager Robin Cox (right) donated $205 to The Food Bank of Manatee from their spare change collection.
Good Deeds: Water’s Edge of Bradenton
Water’s Edge of Bradenton hosted a fashion show and luncheon to benefit Senior Wheels, a member-based program that provides safe and reliable transportation to Manatee County seniors. Pictured: Jeanne Brantley from Water’s Edge presents a check for $1840 to Senior Wheels Transportation Director, Ray Cox.
Thank you to Publix
As part of its Food for All campaign, Publix Store Manager Kim Taylor and Regional Manager Tim Henning present a check for $29,875 to Meals on Wheels PLUS for The Food Bank of Manatee. Pictured L-R: Blane Turpin, Director of Client Programs; Cindy Sloan, Food Bank Director; Kim Taylor; Ellen Campbell, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS; and Tim Henning.
Walmart Foundation Grant Provides Truck
The Food Bank of Manatee received a brand new refrigerated truck from The Walmart Foundation, as a partner of Feeding America. The truck enables The Food Bank to pick up and deliver more fresh and frozen foods donated from area retail stores. This food is then distributed to local soup kitchens, food pantries, and social service agencies serving our neighbors in need. Thank you to The Walmart Foundation for their generosity!
CHEF JOE IS A WINNER! Renaissance on 9th Executive Chef Joe Stoddard won second place People's Choice and Judges Panel awards for best food, and first place for best presentation at Chowdown for Charity. Event proceeds benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. Congratulations Chef Joe!
BJ’s Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant to The Food Bank of Manatee for its Baby Basket program. The funds will be used to purchase baby food, formula, cereal, and other infant care essentials that are supplied to qualifying families in need. Pictured: Laura Ferrario of BJ's, and Cindy Sloan of The Food Bank of Manatee.
Bank of America responded to a grant request with funds to help the operations of The Food Bank of Manatee.
Pictured here: Meals on Wheels PLUS President/CEO, Ellen Campbell receives a $10,000 check from Bank of America West Central Market President, Doug Sherman.
Representatives from Publix presented The Food Bank of Manatee with a donation of $28,112.01 to help fight hunger in Manatee County. The money was raised during the annual Publix Super Markets "Food For All" campaign.
Pictured here from left to right is: Shannon Patten and Amanda Keeney of Publix, Cindy Sloan, Director of The Food Bank of Manatee, Ellen Campbell, President/CEO of The Food Bank of Manatee, and Tim Henning and Richard Cyphers both from Publix.