Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee needs volunteer drivers

Meals on Wheels needs drivers

BRADENTON -- Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee needs volunteers to deliver hot meals to homebound or disabled persons throughout Manatee County.

The return of seasonal volunteers to their northern homes has left many delivery routes without drivers. This role is ideal for parents to do with children who are home during the summer, for responsible teenagers in need of community service, or for retired/semi-retired adults. Sign up with a friend or neighbor and enjoy time catching up! Businesses are also encouraged to participate in an "Adopt a Route" program offering employees the opportunity for worthwhile community engagement.

The time requirement for delivering meals is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours, from one day per week up to five days. Meals are prepared at the Meals on Wheels PLUS kitchen at 811 23rd Ave. E., Bradenton, and delivered by volunteers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Information about volunteering: 941-747-4655 or visit www.mealsonwheelsplus.org.

Rep. Buchanan announces art competition winners

SARASOTA -- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, has announced the winners of the 2016 High School Congressional Arts Competition, a 16th district-wide showcase for young artists. The first-place winner of the annual competition was Kali Karcher of Sarasota High School.

Raegan Turner, a Lakewood Ranch High School student, took second place with "The Show Must Go On."

Buchanan and Ringling Museum Deputy Director Jennifer Price presented the awards at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

The second- and third-place winners' art work, as well as the honorable mentions' submissions, will be remain on display in the Johnson-Blalock Education Center at the Ringling Museum until the fall of 2016.

-- Herald staff reports