Manatee Libraries to Distribute “White Out Summer Hunger” Food Bags

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 23, 2016) – The Food Bank of Manatee and Manatee Libraries are excited to announce that they are partnering in the White Out Summer Hunger project this summer.  Beginning Friday, June 24, and until August 5, local children in need can go to any of the six public library facilities on Fridays and ask for a food bag that will provide basic meals and snacks to nourish them during the weekend. 


Over half of Manatee County children qualify for free or reduced-priced meals during the school year.  During the summer, the School District of Manatee County continues to provide meals for children during the week but not on the weekends. The White Out Summer Hunger program helps ensure children will not go hungry on Saturdays and Sundays. 


There are no eligibility requirements to meet to request a bag, though the bags are intended for school-aged children. Families are encouraged to check out the other free exciting programs and services offered at the library facilities when they visit to pick up the bags. 


For more information on the program and hours of operation, please contact the Youth Services Team at Downtown Central Library at (941) 748-5555, x6318, or contact the Food Bank of Manatee at (941) 749-0100.


About the Manatee County Public  Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. Last year, the Library System was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.7 million times (a record high) and provided 2,000 informational and educational programs which served an estimated 47,000 customers. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit, follow them at or twitter @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov


About the Food Bank of Manatee: 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 primary distribution point of food for the entire county and the only Feeding America hunger prevention organization in Manatee County. The Food Bank of Manatee is proud to partner with 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and social service agencies to alleviate hunger. Families in crisis situations can receive food packages on a temporary basis, as well as infant care baskets with formula, diapers, wipes and other baby essentials.  Approximately 3 million pounds of food are distributed annually, to children and families in need. For information on how to donate or volunteer visit or Volunteer Services at 941-747-3663.