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Friendship Trays has refocused deliveries on our most vulnerable recipients who have no other sources of food. We will be in regular contact with all recipients. We are determined to meet the pressing needs of our neighbors.

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Swimming in tuna: Where’s the Be… Chicken!!!

May 21, 2020

We are very thankful for the enthusiastic response to our request for shelf-stable items to have on hand to send to our recipients. We are in need of pop-top, canned chicken. We have plenty of tuna! You can click here to view our wish list.

Your financial support has been enthusiastic and we are grateful. Because of you, we are able to continue to operate, keep the lights on, and purchase the items we need to prepare meals. We were very fortunate to have received federal Paycheck Protection Program dollars to assist us as well.

We are providing healthy meals to about 200 of our 500 regular, home-meal recipients on a weekly basis. We stay in contact by phone with the people who have neighbors and family to support them and remain ready to step in if they need us. We are handling all of this with staff and remarkable CMPD officers through their Community Engagement Division (see link below). We could not have managed without these officers.

Our current goal is to reach 300 by gradually adding recipients as we are able. Soon we will be needing some volunteer support to assist with our no-contact pick-up-and-delivery process. And of course, our ultimate goal is to return to feeding all who need us. To return to our before-COVID-19 capacity safely will require some time to accomplish. Our recipients are among the most at risk in our community. We will do our part to keep them safe in their homes.
We need you.

We hope you can continue to support us financially, with shelf-stable food items, and with your commitment to caring for each other. Please call us with your questions. And stay home and stay well.

Lucy Bush Carter, Executive Director

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Click here to view WBTV’s May 19 report by Caroline Hicks about how police protocols have changed during the pandemic. Hicks filmed officers delivering Friendship Trays in their assigned area.

OUR SERVICES

Click here to learn about the different ways we serve the Charlotte community.

VOLUNTEER

We depend on human power! Click here to learn about how to become a driver or a kitchen assistant.

DONATE

We receive no government assistance. Click here to learn how donations ensure all are fed, and ways you can make that donation.

It costs $7.10 to prepare, package and deliver each meal.

It’s a pretty common misconception that all our recipients receive free meals. They don’t. Only 5.2% of recipients are fully subsidized. Most recipients pay between 65 cents to $5.00 per meal per day.

Your donation covers the rest of the cost.

The Friendship Trays Mission

To deliver daily, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in the community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals because of age or infirmity.

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 meals to recipients’ doorstep, but we deliver so much more than that. We deliver human connection – by phone or in person as conditions allow – 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

Mail:  PO Box 241046 Charlotte, NC  28224-1046

Offices: 2401-A Distribution St. Charlotte, NC 28203

Voice: 704.333.9229    Fax: 704.333.5947

Operating hours: 8 am – 3 pm

FRIENDSHIP TRAYS NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of Friendship Trays that services will be provided to all individuals without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, veteran status, age, ancestry, HIV status or any other characteristic protected by law.