Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee Receives $4 Million Gift

The funds come from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

By Staff February 2, 2021

Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee was selected as one of 384 organizations across the nation to receive a multimillion-dollar financial investment from writer, advocate and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Representatives reached out to the Bradenton, Florida-based nonprofit organization on Scott's behalf in early December, indicating a gift would be forthcoming; the amount was announced this week. Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee runs the Food Bank of Manatee, among other programs.

Other local organizations that have been a recipient of Scott's philanthropy are United Way Suncoast, which received $20 million; Goodwill Manasota, which received a $10 million; and Easterseals of Southwest Florida, which received a $3 million. According to the Bradenton Herald, local organizations have been the recipients of more than $37 million in funding from Scott, who has a net worth of $59.8 billion and plans to distribute more than $4.2 billion to nonprofits throughout the country.

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