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Friendship Trays is refocusing 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.


Coronavirus Updates

March 30, 2020

Recipient profile:

Our lifeline to some longstanding recipients right now is as thin as a telephone line. One such recipient lives alone. He told us earlier that he could make do without deliveries for awhile, but by Sunday he commented that he hates to call friends and bother them to bring him food. But we encouraged him to do so, for he needs nutritious food to sustain health. We encouraged him to call Friendship Trays if he needs to talk to someone.

– Lani Lawrence

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Friendship Trays’ Otis Hemphill on Friday stands next to one of the vans that is on the road every weekday making deliveries to some of the community’s most vulnerable residents.

March 28, 2020

The stay-at-home order that began in Mecklenburg Thursday morning will be in effect statewide by Monday at 5 p.m. From nearly every vantage point, it appears clear that the coronavirus battle has only just begun.

The Friendship Trays staff is helping to support more than 100 of our most vulnerable neighbors by delivering them the food they need to keep themselves healthy. Other nonprofits are carrying an even heavier load. Every one of them deserves your thoughts and prayers and financial support.

Friday brought great news that grants from Charlotte’s COVID-19 Response Fund will begin distribution of funds. We must all remember that these grants won’t address all the need. They are, however, a beginning. More info at the Observer and WFAE.

In the year Friendship Trays was founded, this day’s high temperature was 69, not the 87 predicted for today. Some things change. What has not changed is the community’s need to address human needs with empathy, fleet-footedness, and resolve. Thank you for finding ways to support the COVID-19 response, and supporting all who are working on the front lines of that effort.

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– Lucy Bush Carter

Recipient profile:

One recipient got added many moons ago just as soon as she called. She lives alone, and she called because she said she was having memory problems. Specifically, she said she couldn’t seem to remember to turn the stove off. She was afraid that she would burn her house down. And, of course, put herself at grave risk. With your continued support, Friendship Trays will continue to be at the door for her with the food she needs.

– Lani Lawrence

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OUR SERVICES

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It costs $6.91 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 to $4.50 per meal per day. In fact…

57% of our recipients pay 65¢ per meal. Your donation covers the rest of the cost.

Friendship Gardens and The Bulb

Beyond our meal deliveries, we are committed to the spirit of our mission of food access for all through our program Friendship Gardens and our partner The Bulb.

Friendship Gardens’ mission is to grow communities where everyone can be healthier in mind and body. Through urban farms, gardens, and markets, they help those in need access daily nutritious meals, connect to the natural world, and learn to grow their own food.

The Bulb’s mission is to provide mostly local produce as well as education on health and wellness to vulnerable neighborhoods, namely “food deserts.”

Learn more about these amazing programs on their websites.

The Friendship Trays Mission

To deliver nutritious meals to elderly or infirm individuals in the Charlotte community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals while also providing human connection to the isolated and lonely and peace of mind to their families.

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
2401-A Distribution Street
Charlotte, NC 28203

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.