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Friendship and Food for Everyone

We depend on the kindness and generosity of people like you to continue serving the community. Every day we deliver more than 700 nutritious meals to the elderly, those recovering from illness or are disabled. Your donations make a huge difference in these peoples’ lives.

Donate via Paypal by clicking the button on the right, mail a check to us at 2401-A Distribution St., Charlotte, NC 28203 or contact us directly at 704.333.9229 to donate with a credit card. See other ways to give by clicking here.

The programmatic cost of our service costs:
$6.91 per day
$34.55 per week
$138.20 per month
$1,658.40 per year
Recipients pay what they can.
Your gift covers the rest.

Why Giving Matters

When a recipient sees a person—outside of their own family structure—who is concerned for their welfare and is motivated by love and concern, the effect is powerful. To donate your time and money transforms and elevates us all. Every meal, every visit, every dollar builds understanding, compassion and community.

Senior hunger is a big concern for North Carolina. In fact 18% of seniors in our state struggle with hunger and 32% are living in or near poverty*. For our recipients who are ill or are home recovering from surgery we are one of very few options to get a nutritious meal while they recuperate.

Beyond the issue of hunger consider the impact of the economic and social benefits of the elderly staying in their homes. As of 2011 the monthly cost of assisted living care averages $3,270 per month. That’s $39,240 per year, and the costs keep rising by approximately 3.4% a year. Compare that to a year of meals from Friendship Trays—only $1,658.40.

When seniors can stay in their home it keeps them healthy, promotes recovery if they are ill, gives them dignity and independence, and is far safer and cheaper than a hospital stay. A one-day stay in the hospital is the equivalent of a year of meals. Plus it extends and improves the quality of life for seniors.


*Source: MOW national, Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research Study commissioned by AARP Foundation

Since 1976 our mission at Friendship Trays has been to deliver nutritious meals to elderly or infirm individuals in the Charlotte community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals. We cook and courier a meal to the doorstep of over 700 recipients. But we deliver so much more than that. We deliver human connection to those that are isolated and lonely. We deliver peace of mind to the families of our recipients. It’s so much more than a meal.

Friendship Trays
2401-A Distribution Street
Charlotte, NC 28203

704.333.9229
fax 704.333.5947

operating hours: 8 am – 3 pm