Volunteering with Meals on Wheels PLUS


Thank you for considering volunteering with Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee!

Dedicated to enriching the quality of life and independence for those in need, we offer the following caring, supportive programs:

  • Home-delivered Meals
  • The Food Bank of Manatee
  • Daybreak Adult Day Center 
  • Friendship Dining 

Most volunteer opportunities are available Monday-Friday during business hours. If you have special skills or interests and don't see a volunteer opportunity below that fits, please contact our Volunteer Services department. We would be happy to discuss additional volunteer opportunities with you. 

Please note, during the COVID-19 pandemic, age restrictions may be in place for many volunteer activities.  

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Home-delivered Meal Driver- Manatee County Area

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we deliver a weeks’ worth of meals Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during lunchtime to homebound seniors in Manatee County. You can help us make it happen!

Meals are delivered between 10am-2pm to homebound seniors in Manatee County. Volunteers typically deliver the same route once a week or serve as a substitute driver on various routes as available. Routes vary in size with an average time commitment of 2-3 hours. 

Meal delivery drivers should be 18 years of age and older.  Jumpers (or passengers) younger than 18 years old are welcome to join a trusted adult for meal delivery.  Volunteers must complete training, a Zoom orientation class, and pass a background check before they are able to sign up for meal delivery.

Requirements:

  • Between 18 and 64 years of age (or 65 and over and following guidelines set by the CDC).
  • Working vehicle, up-to-date insurance, comfortable with GPS navigation.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Pass Level 1 background check.
  • Compassion for elderly and disabled persons.

To get started, complete this Meal Delivery Application.

 

The Food Bank of Manatee - Bradenton

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

Volunteer opportunities occur Monday - Friday, typically during business hours.  Food sorting and packing shifts are typically 8:30 am - 11 am, or 11 am - 1 pm.  Distributions occur late afternoons on Wednesdays, or through out the day one Thursday a month.  

Requirements:

  • Must be between 16 and 64 years of age during the COVID-19 pandemic (or 65 and over and following guidelines set by the CDC).
  • Must be able to stand for a few hours at a time.
  • May need to be able to lift medium weight items and boxes.

This volunteer opportunity takes place at 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton 34208.

To get started, complete this Volunteer Application

Meals on Wheels PLUS Warehouse - Bradenton

Help around the warehouse to prepare for our food distributions. Community service hours are available.

Our Meal Delivery service wouldn't exist without support from our warehouse staff and volunteers. We are seeking volunteers Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in the morning or early afternoon, to help with loading cars, wiping totes down, bagging frozen meals or produce, and more. Warehouse volunteers are often on their feet for a few hours at a time and may need to be able to lift medium weight items and boxes. 

Volunteers must be between 16 and 64 years of age during the COVID-19 pandemic (or 65 and over and following guidelines set by the CDC).

This volunteer opportunity takes place at 811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton 34208.

To get started, complete this  Volunteer Application

Daybreak Adult Day Center - Lakewood Ranch

Connect with active seniors in our community. Shine your light to create a more vibrant social environment for the clients at Daybreak Adult Day Center. 

 

At Daybreak Adult Day Center, we provide a safe, secure environment with social, recreational, and therapeutic activities designed to meet the needs of older adults who live at home with a loved one but cannot be left alone while their caregiver works or attends to other responsibilities. Daybreak is an ongoing, year-round program operating Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm with most clients attending between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Volunteers assist staff with facilitating games, group conversations, arts and crafts, teaching technology, staying fit, and much more.

Most volunteers will be required to pass a level-one background check, some may need to pass a level-two background check. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. 

The Daybreak Adult Day Center is located at 10920 SR-70 E, Lakewood Ranch 34202. 

 

To get started complete this Client Facing Application

 

Volunteer from Home

If you are interested in volunteering, but are unavailable during our regular hours of operation, we have ways to help out from the comfort of your own home!

To get started complete this Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunity Examples:

  • Host A Food Drive For The Food Bank Of Manatee
  • Knit Lap Robes
  • Write Greeting Cards to Clients
  • Wrap Shoe Boxes for the Holidays

Special Events

Volunteers are needed to help with these fun events!

Join us for special events throughout the year to benefit Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.  Your school, club, business or organization can become involved in such activities as fundraisers, food drives, and more which oftentimes take place on evenings and weekends, outside of our regular business hours.  Watch our website for upcoming  Special Events.

Meals on Wheels PLUS Office - Bradenton

Help us around the Office! 

For volunteers who want to be involved, but like to work behind the scenes, look no further! We are always in need of assistance in our office--from answering phones, to decorating for holidays, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! 

Volunteers must be between 16 - 64 years of age during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This volunteer opportunity takes place at our office at 811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton 34208.

To get started complete this Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunity Examples:

  • Fun Committee
  • Answering Phones
  • General Office Assistant

 

Host a Food Drive

The Food Bank of Manatee supports over 80 food pantries and partner agencies in Manatee County who are on the front lines.  In order to keep the shelves stocked, The Food Bank of Manatee relies on businesses and organizations to help feed food-insecure families. You can provide a great impact on Manatee County by teaming with coworkers/associates to collect more food.

Critically needed items include: canned vegetables, baby cereal & formula, canned fruits, mac ‘n’ cheese, peanut butter, jelly, boxed rice, boxed pasta, canned soups, canned meat, 100% fruit juices, breakfast bars, oatmeal, powdered milk, apple sauce, dried beans, trail mix, and healthy cereals. Please avoid glass containers.

100% of the food collected in Manatee county stays in Manatee County.

To start a food drive, call The Food Bank of Manatee at 941-747-FOOD (3663) or Email Cindy at info@foodbankofmanatee.org

Click here for a Food Drive Took Kit

Friendly Visits

Connect with homebound seniors in our community. Shine your light by offering a friendly visit to seniors who would benefit from a cheerful, informal, and caring chat.   These friendly visits are for up to one (1) hour per week for a period of up to thirteen weeks who have tested positive on a loneliness screening. 

Food Bank of Manatee - Bradenton

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-relief program in Manatee County, and has provided over 30 million pounds of food since 1985 for local children, families, and seniors.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

This Food Bank of Manatee is located at 811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton, FL  34208

Activity Shifts Start End
Food 4 Families Packaging 24 5/31/2022 7/20/2022
Food 4 Families-Fridays- Pride Park, 815 63rd Ave, E, Bradenton 6 6/3/2022 7/29/2022
Food 4 Families-Fridays- River Trace Apartments 2710 River Trace Circle, Bradenton 0 6/3/2022 7/29/2022
Food 4 Families-Fridays-PALMETTO Lincoln Park, 501 17th St. E, Palmetto 9 6/3/2022 7/29/2022
Food 4 Families-Fridays-PALMETTO- Turner Chapel, 317 11th Street Dr. W. Palmetto 9 6/3/2022 7/29/2022
Food 4 Families-Thursdays- Southeast High School, 1200 37th Avenue E., Bradenton 0 6/2/2022 7/28/2022
Miscellaneous Cleaning & Other Food Bank Projects 155 5/26/2022 12/30/2022
Mobile Produce Pantry - Thursday Afternoon Distribution 7 6/16/2022 12/15/2022
Mobile Produce Pantry - Thursday Morning at Visible Men Academy 7 6/16/2022 12/15/2022
Mobile Produce Pantry - Thursday Morning Produce Distribution-Samoset 14 6/16/2022 12/15/2022
Produce Packing 7 6/21/2022 12/20/2022
Sorting & packing donated food 307 5/26/2022 12/30/2022
Truck Detailing for Food Bank vehicles 156 5/26/2022 12/30/2022

Meals on Wheels PLUS Warehouse

Our Home-delivered Meal program wouldn't be possible without support from our warehouse staff and volunteers. We are seeking volunteers to help with packing meal totes, wiping totes down, packing together frozen meals, and more. Warehouse volunteers are often on their feet for a few hours at a time and may need to be able to lift medium weight items and boxes. 

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

This volunteer opportunity takes place at 811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton 34208.

 

Activity Shifts Start End
Meal Delivery Car Loader 94 5/27/2022 12/30/2022
Meals on Wheels PLUS Warehouse Assistant 82 5/27/2022 12/28/2022
Produce Bag Packing 4 6/6/2022 6/29/2022

Volunteering from Home

If you are interested in volunteering but are unavailable during our regular hours of operation, we have ways to help out from the comfort of your own home!

 

Activity Shifts Start End
Knit Lap Robes 1
Telephone Reassurance 1
Write Greeting Cards to Seniors 1

Our Mission

To assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring, supportive services.