The Food Bank of Manatee is operated by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee as another way to provide nutrition and caring supportive services to our community. The Food Bank is the largest hunger-prevention program in Manatee County, and has provided over 30 million pounds of food since 1985 for local children, families, and seniors.

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 crisis situations can receive food packages on a temporary basis, as well as infant care baskets with formula, diapers, wipes and other baby essentials. Pet food also is available. Click here to get information on becoming a partner agency.

The Food Bank of Manatee is able to support its partner agencies mainly through the help of the community in Manatee County. An important component to the success of our programs is food and fundraising drives. Click here for information on hosting a food or fundraising drive for your business, organization, or community.

The Food Bank of Manatee would not have as much of an impact in the community with out the hundreds of volunteers donating their time to help sort food and pack crisis resources. Click here to register to volunteer.

Emergency Nutrition Resources (ENRs) are programs run by The Food Bank of Manatee to help feed food-insecure families and babies in Manatee County in emergency and crisis situations.

The Emergency Family Program distributes food-crisis stabilization boxes to non-profits for food-insecure families with immediate needs. The boxes provide families in crisis enough food to feed them for a week.

The Baby Basket Program contains critical care items such as formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, and toys for mothers and infants up to 2 years old in critical need. 


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