Goodwill Manasota is accepting dry and canned food donations for local food banks, including the Food Bank of Manatee, owned and operated by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, and All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. Most-needed items are peanut butter, canned items (such as soup, fruit, vegetables, stew, fish and beans), pasta, rice and cereals. Community members are asked not to include any items that are older than 2-3 years, opened or used, dented or damaged, meant for decorations or displays, or that do not have a label.
The Food Bank of Manatee is a program of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee. In 2020, Meals on Wheels Plus served over 267,000 home-delivered meals, provided over 780,000 meals through Food4Families, and distributed over 3 million pounds of food by The Food Bank of Manatee. In 2020, All Faiths distributed nearly 22.5 million pounds of food, provided 60 percent more meals than the previous year, and rallied in the face of a 53 percent increase in new clients at food distributions due to the pandemic.