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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.

Send us canned goods for the uncertain times ahead

Oct. 19, 2020

When emergencies make it impossible for Friendship Trays to deliver food, what do our recipients do?

Our answer for years has been to distribute, in advance of any emergency, a bag of food with long shelf life that recipients could tuck away. Then when ice covers the roads or the kitchen’s electricity goes kaput, recipients will have something to tide them over until the next delivery.
We have long referred to these bags of food, mostly canned goods, as “snow packs,” but they serve during other times as well.

For an upcoming distribution of snow packs, we have about 100 ready, but would like to double that. Could you help us by donating food and having your favorite online service deliver your donation to us? Here’s what we need most urgently:

  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Canned beans (black, pinto, kidney, etc)
  • Snack items (like Lance crackers)

For the canned goods, we prefer the pop-top cans. Ordering from Amazon, Wal-Mart, Costco, etc. is very efficient and helpful for us as well.

Have your donation delivered to Friendship Trays at 2401-A Distribution St. Charlotte NC 28203.

As always, we are very thankful for all of the items people have donated. Donations are at the heart of this work.

– Lucy Bush Carter, Executive Director

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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.


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


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


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

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.


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


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.