Mosaic’s Senior Vice President – North America, Bruce Bodine (third from left) was on hand to celebrate the opening of the new William G. & Marie Selby Foundation Nutrition Services Center as well as The Mosaic Company’s donation of a new food truck to better serve the citizens of Manatee County.

The donation helped Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee buy a new refrigerated food truck

The Food Bank of Manatee — a “PLUS” program of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee — recently purchased a new refrigerated food delivery truck to help put food on the table of some of Manatee’s neediest residents. An $80,000 donation from Mosaic made the truck possible. 

Chances are you’ve heard of Meals on Wheels and how it works. The nonprofit organization delivers food to people who can’t leave their home to shop for groceries or who struggle to afford nutritious food. The “PLUS” represents the many other services offered — like the Food Bank of Manatee.

The new truck helps haul and deliver over two million pounds of food per year to the community through nearly 90 food pantries in Manatee County. The new truck also delivers fresh produce to central sites in high-poverty areas. 

“At Mosaic, we understand our role in the community is about more than creating essential phosphate products that help North America’s farmers grow crops,” says Bruce Bodine, Senior V.P. for North America. “Basic food security can be easy to take for granted. The new food truck helps ensure the most vulnerable among us have access to the nutrition they need to live healthy, happy lives.” 

Mosaic donated the funds last December.  It contributed again just this month to the overall capital campaign naming the Home Delivered Foods Warehouse.  A pair of ribbon cuttings marked the unveiling of both as MOW PLUS of Manatee celebrates 50 years in the community by looking forward to meeting the need of this growing area another 50 to come.