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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.

Forging ahead, despite the uncertainties

July 17, 2020

Here we are, still in the throes of a pandemic and with ever increasing uncertainty about what lies ahead for our community and beyond.

The good news here at Friendship Trays is, we are forging ahead.

  • We are operating with still limited capacity, but continue to feed our most vulnerable clients.
  • We are continuing to gradually add back some of our recipients we were not serving earlier, as well as adding some new people who are in critical need.
  • We are very fortunate to have a corps of first responders helping us deliver and we have called a few volunteers back into service.
  • We are practicing very strict protocols to protect our recipients, our delivery drivers, and each other. All of our deliveries continue to be no-contact deliveries.
  • We are serving two reopened day care centers, one for children and one for adults.
    We are thankful to be able to serve the community.
  • Our food continues to be well-planned and of high quality. Special thanks to Lani Lawrence, Kelly Vass, and our core kitchen staff who work hard to keep it so!
  • We are thankful for Dirk Taylor with Performance Food Group, who manages our account professionally and with care and compassion for those we serve.
  • Special thanks to Kathy Nichols, who organizes the meals each day for delivery. She is one of a kind, a very special and dedicated volunteer!
  • A huge thanks to the gardens whose tenders bring fresh produce to incorporate into our meals. Jean Siers with The Society of St. Andrew enabled us recently to serve the delicious blueberry cobbler shown in the lower left corner of the picture.
  • Thanks to the special people who make cards, placemats, and heart-felt, handwritten wishes to share with our recipients. Our folks look forward to receiving these loving touches.

We are so very thankful for the financial support we continue to receive from across the community from individuals, foundations, corporations, houses of worship, and others who recognize the need for a service like ours. Many of these donors support us all the time, but their gifts are so incredibly important now. As I have continued to think and say, our recipients live lives that are always at a social distance.

What can you do to help get nutritious food to your neighbors most in need? Our shelf-stable supply stock can always use replenishing. The reason is that we continue to send canned goods, snacks, etc. to our recipients. Please see our Amazon “wish list” here.

Finally, a huge thank you to Muddy River Distillery of Belmont in Gaston County for the generous donation of hand sanitizer.

One more bit of good news from us here on Distribution Street:

We are developing a more defined and formal telephoning system to keep in touch with our recipients. Stay tuned! Plans are under way.

– Lucy Bush Carter, Executive Director

Click here for earlier Coronavirus Updates

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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.