Our Services

Friendship Trays is here to serve when you or a loved one can no longer prepare meals. We assist those who are suffering from:

  • Chronic illness
  • Recent surgery
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Fall risk
  • Dialysis
  • Homebound

In addition to our regular meal, we can follow doctor-prescribed diets including:

  • Diabetic
  • Heart Health / Low Cholesterol
  • Low Sodium
  • Soft diet
  • Bland diet
  • Renal
  • Renal Diabetic
  • Kosher

FAQs

Do I need to be very old or very sick to get meals?

Neither. We recently had a recipient that was just 20 years old. Some people recuperating from illness or accidents receive meals for a short time. The key is: are you—or those you love—able to prepare a healthful meal? If the answer is no, we can help.

Can you help my parent who will eat what’s served but can’t remember to cook a balanced diet?

Absolutely. We want to help people live independently as long as possible.

What and when do you deliver?

Volunteers—typically driving on their lunch hour—deliver meals at midday. The type of meal will depend on your doctor-ordered dietary plan. Each meal is in two containers. Both are delivered cool, not frozen, and can be refrigerated until mealtime. The black container, sealed in plastic wrap, can be reheated in a microwave or conventional oven. It generally holds an entrée and one or more vegetables. The other container may hold a roll, a salad and a dessert. It’s a lot of food, and some recipients make two meals of it.

Our drivers also deliver a personal welcome and a short visit. For people isolated in their homes, this visit may be as important as the food. It also gives out-of-town family members peace of mind, knowing that someone is looking in on their loved one each weekday.

Will you deliver to my home?

Our routes cover most of Mecklenburg County. If your home is not near an existing route or on a route that’s already full, service may be delayed. Let’s talk.

What do you charge?

Everyone is served, and nearly everyone pays, based on his or her ability. The 2015 range per meal is from .65 to $4.50. Family members often make the monthly payments on behalf of the loved one.

Can someone help me heat the food?

Yes. Just ask the driver to help.

Do people like the food?

A recipient wrote “we’re so appreciative for the trays—especially since they’re always so delicious!” But sometimes recipients are ill, and nothing may taste good. Or their illness may require the unfamiliar tastes of a no-salt or low-sugar diet. Family members who understand these issues can help ensure that their loved ones are eating enough of the nutritious food in the meals to encourage good health.

Can I order off a menu?

No, but we use lots of recipes over time, so stick with it for a while. And ladies and gentlemen, your mother was right: vegetables and fruits are good for you!