The Food Bank of Manatee has prepared to provide food and water for distribution to the partners and agencies in Manatee County. If you need food, click here for a list of pantries in Manatee County.

As hurricane season approaches, it is time to get prepared for disaster relief. In 2017, Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida as the largest Atlantic Hurricane to ever make landfall on the United States. In Manatee County, thousands of homes were left without power and storage for their food.

The Food Bank of Manatee stepped in to directly distribute much needed food to almost 1,000 households. 52,000 pounds of food was distributed as well as 10-tons of bottled water and 14 pallets of MREs (meals, ready to eat). All of those families may not have been served without the help of a dedicated group of volunteers who heard the need and answered the call.

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Here are the most important items for your Disaster Supply Kit. Stock up today (or a little at a time) and store where you can get to them quickly. Replenish for Freshness:

  • Medicines: Keep an updated list of family medicines and dosages along with doctor and pharmacy phone numbers. Keep a two week supply of prescription medicines.
  • Food: Keep enough food to feed the whole family for three to seven days. Choose things that don’t need refrigeration or cooking (canned foods, protein bars, peanut butter, etc.). Don’t forget any special dietary foods or baby food and formula, if needed. Replenish every six months. Click here to purchase shelf-stable Hurricane Food Packages.
  • Drinking water/containers – 1 gallon of water per person for drinking water plus water for cooking and washing (minimum 7 days). Stock up on a few cases of bottled water at home and office in the event that there is a “boil water” order.
  • Extra batteries for cell phones, flashlights, radio, portable TV & lamps, etc.
  • Infant items (medicine, sterile water, diapers, ready formula, bottles), if needed.


People who are disabled or in poor health (either mentally or physically) or those who are without the support of family or friends should plan ahead for an emergency. They may need special assistance from family members, friends, neighbors or social service agencies. Please ask for help if you need it and volunteer to help those who do.


Don’t leave your pet and don’t use your pet as an excuse not to evacuate. Don’t put yourself, your family and your pet at risk! You are responsible for planning for your pet.

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After a disaster, you may be without power and many of the other services you rely on (water, sewer, phone, and businesses). Immediate response may not be possible, so you must be prepared to be self-reliant.

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Donate non-perishable shelf stable items at the following locations in Manatee County:

The Food Bank of Manatee 3231 59th Drive East, Bradenton, FL 34203

All Manatee Goodwill locations