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Friendship Trays is the only nongovernmental Charlotte-based organization creating and delivering healthy meals to elderly and infirm community members in their homes.

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We receive no government assistance. Your donation ensures all are fed.

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.

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.

Our 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 a meal to the doorstep of over 700 recipients. But we deliver so much more than that. We deliver human connection 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

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.