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Agency helping seniors prepare for hurricanes

Hurricane season is upon us and Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee County is asking for help to make sure local seniors are prepared for what experts have predicted will be an active year for storms.

The agency is seeking $5 donations to pay for hurricane packages to feed home-bound seniors who live alone. The packages, given to clients who request them, will be filled with non-perishable food items that can feed seniors for at least three days.

Meals on Wheels PLUS hopes to distribute up to 500 hurricane packages.

“We need to be prepared should road closures or a power outage keep us from delivering a healthy, nutritious meal to someone who would otherwise go hungry,” said Ellen Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Meals on Wheels PLUS. “A small ... donation can help us provide a hurricane package that could be a life-saver for a homebound senior with no resources to deal with a weather disaster.”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is a 70 percent probability for 14 to 23 named storms with top winds of 39 mph or higher during the hurricane season, which lasts through Nov. 30. Three to seven could be major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph.

Meals on Wheels PLUS also is requesting volunteers to help deliver the hurricane packages. Call (941) 747-4655 to volunteer.

For more information, visit, or send a donation to Meals on Wheels PLUS, 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton 34208.