Food & Shelter

Food & Shelter Programs currently funded by Manatee County Children's Services.


Family and Baby Emergency Food Baskets

Program meets emergency family and baby basket requests received from a referring agency with enough food to feed each family and/or baby a well balanced, nutritious and varied menu for the week. Diapers are provided for babies.


  • Manatee County resident with children ages 0-17 
  • Must be referred by an appropriate local agency

Phone: Referring agencies may request services at (941) 747-4655

Provider:  Meals of Wheels Plus of Manatee

Location:  811 23rd Avenue East, Bradenton

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Basket distributions 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Homeless Family Shelter

Program provides a safe, temporary shelter to homeless adults and their children. A Family Service Coordinator assists clients in developing and implementing plans and goals to prevent the recurrence of homelessness and ensure their safety and well-being.


  • Manatee County resident
  • Homeless children, ages 0-17 years, and their mothers

Phone: (941) 748-5110 ext. 128

Provider: The Salvation Army

Location: 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton

Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week


Residential Shelter (Safe Place 2B)

Program provides a temporary shelter, crisis intervention, counseling and case management services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Along with food, shelter and other basic needs, the shelter offers youth a positive alternative to street life, an opportunity to resolve family problems and strengthen relationships, reconnect to school and build skills to enhance daily lives.


  • Ages 10-17 years who have runaway, in risk of runaway, or at risk of being ejected from their home due to behavior

Phone: (941) 708-5850

Provider: Family Resources, Inc.

Location: 1001 9th Ave West, Bradenton, FL

Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week


Weekend Meals (Homeless Children)

Program provides nutritional food to children, identified as homeless or at risk of being homeless under the Manatee County School District’s Project Heart Program, by providing nonperishable food for the identified children to have on the weekends who would otherwise not have adequate access to food. The backpacks include 2 breakfast options, 2 lunch options, 2 dinner and snack options.


  • School-aged Manatee County residents that have been determined by Manatee County School Board’s Project Heart Program to be homeless or at-risk of being homeless

Phone: (941) 896-7870

Provider: Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.)

Location: 901 8th Ave. W, Palmetto, 34221

Hours: Varies