On October 4, 1976, six meals were delivered to the homes of elderly residents in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte. It was Friendship Trays’ very first day of operation.
Members from local churches had recognized an emerging need in their community—aging or infirm members of their congregations who needed help with meals so they could stay in their homes and independent.
Members of Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church, Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, St. John’s Baptist Church and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church started by buying meals from Mercy Hospital and delivering them on a daily basis.
It was clear from the beginning that the volunteers were delivering so much more than food. They delivered a smile, a helping hand, and a daily visit from someone who cared. But the need existed well beyond the Elizabeth neighborhood.