BRADENTON, FL: Hunger prevention organizations across the country are experiencing demand for food assistance like never before, and Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is no different. Through its operation of The Food Bank of Manatee, approximately 300,000 pounds of food are distributed each month–enough for about 230,000 meals. Yet there are still over 40,000 children, seniors and families in Manatee County in poverty, unsure of where they will get their next meal. Although donations may decline from time to time, hunger does not. Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) has taken action to help ease the problem, at least a little. The Gulf Coast Chapter of the not-for-profit organization has donated 150 pounds of ground beef according to Melissa Caldwell, a member of the Gulf Coast FHFH and Realtor® with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
“We are so thankful for initiatives like this,” said Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS. “High-quality, nutritious foods like the meat we receive from FHFH are especially good, to ensure that those in need can get a balanced meal. Every bit of extra food that we can provide to the community means that fewer people will be going to bed hungry.”
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) is an international outreach ministry of the people of God called upon to feed venison to the hungry (www.fhfh.org). It uses cash donations to pay for processing venison and other meats donated by hunters and farmers, then distributes the meat to those in need. Members of the FHFH Gulf Coast Chapter include Melissa and R.G. “Kelly” Caldwell, Jr., (CEO and president of Caldwell Trust Company); and Gary and Missy Plum of Palmetto.
To reach FHFH, call 941.725.1991 or email SuncoastFHFH@gmail.com.
About Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
Since 1972, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee has been providing nutritional assistance and caring services to individuals throughout Manatee County, helping them to continue to live independently. The organization also operates The Food Bank of Manatee, which is the area’s largest hunger-prevention program. Over 60 percent of the Meals on Wheels PLUS funds must be raised through local donations, grants, and fundraising projects. For information on how to donate or volunteer, go to www.mealsonwheelsplus.org or call 941-747-4655. To reach Meals on Wheels PLUS, call (941) 747-4655 http://www.mealsonwheelsplus.org/